Rev. David Lee, pastor of Korean Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 15, 2013. David was born into a Christian home in Korea on July 24, 1950, and was greatly influenced by his father’s faithful gospel ministry. While caring for his dying father he came to assurance of salvation and felt God’s call to preach the gospel. David moved from Korea and settled in the New York area, where he gained employment as a computer programmer in the New York Stock Exchange. During this time he became familiar with the ministry of Dr. Alan Cairns of the Free Presbyterian Church and visited Greenville to spend time with Dr. and Mrs. Cairns. In 1988 he sensed God leading him to leave his employment in New York, relocate, and commence studies for the Christian ministry. He moved to Greenville with his wife, Julie, and three children, Sam, Christine, and Isaac. He entered the Whitefield College of the Bible (now Geneva Reformed Seminary) and completed his studies in the late 1990s.
In 1993 he commenced house meetings for fellow Koreans and in 1997 founded the Korean Free Presbyterian Church. For many years this fledging congregation shared the facilities of Faith Free Presbyterian Church in Greenville, but in 2000 they moved to their present location in Taylors, South Carolina. David ministered faithfully to the congregation for 20 years until his death following a year-long battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife, Julie, and their three children and by his six sisters. David’s home going is a sorrowful time for his family and congregation. He was a faithful soldier of Christ, a fellow servant in the gospel, a man of prayer and concern for the advance of the gospel, and a gracious colleague in the ministry. He will be greatly missed by his immediate family and the wider family circle and also by the ministers and elders of the Free Presbyterian Church of North America. However, we sorrow not as others who have no hope, for we know that our brother has gone in to see the King and we will follow and meet him again. Please remember to pray for his wife, Julie; his son Sam and his wife, Jung Hyun, and daughter Julie; his daughter Christine and her husband, Addison, and their children, Zachary and Wilson; and for his son Isaac.
“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”