The Rev. Deborah A. Lee, Class of 2017, has been called as Associate Rector for Discipleship and Community Life at Saint Bartholomew’s Church, New York. In this new role, Deborah will focus on membership development, supporting the parish’s mission of radical welcome, and helping them move towards deeper engagement and connectivity. As with all associate clergy, she will celebrate, teach, and preach and take part in baptisms, weddings, visitation to the sick, and funerals. Deborah's first Sunday at St. Bart's will be October 6 at the celebration of the Feast of St. Francis.
For the past two years, Deborah has served as sole Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul's Church in Chester, New York, while concurrently serving as Assisting Priest at Christ Church in Warwick. On Sunday mornings she traveled the ten miles between churches to lead or assist services for each parish before noon. At St. Paul's, she oversaw all aspects of congregational life--pastoral, liturgical, programmatic, and administrative--and led the parish through a significant restoration of the nave and sanctuary. At Christ Church she assisted the Rector in all aspects of congregational life while facilitating a weekly Bible study.
Deborah is a skilled spiritual director and counselor with international experience as a leader and educator. She served as Program Manager for Pastoral Care and Community for Trinity Church, Wall Street, worked as a counselor and educator in Lima, Peru, and coordinated international programs for BorderLinks in Arizona. She spent two years in the Peace Corps teaching at a school for visually impaired students in Morocco. Deborah is conversant in French and Spanish, and has a passion for helping people with diverse backgrounds and needs.
Deborah earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling from Colorado Christian University and graduated from Williams College with a Bachelor of Arts in Literary Studies and a minor concentration in French before earning her Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from General. As an undergraduate, Deborah also studied at the School for International Training in Cameroon.