Feb. 10: Hallelujah! Welcomes Reverend Violet L. D. Lee
As part of Lawrenceville’s celebration of Black History Month, the School’s student Hallelujah! worship group will welcome the Rev. Violet L. D. Lee to campus on February 10, 5:00 p.m. All are welcome to attend this service in the Edith Memorial Chapel.
Lee is the Executive Program Minister of Christ Church, United Methodist, of New York City. She serves as the Academic Advisor to the M.Div/MS(S)W students enrolled in Columbia University and Hunter College’s Social Work Programs and is a regular Adjunct Professor/Visiting Lecturer for Union Theological Seminary. Having served in both the public and private sector, she has also served as a Pastoral/Church Consultant. Lee serves on the Ordination Council for the American Baptist Churches – Metropolitan New York and is a former member of the Board of Directors.
Licensed and ordained to the gospel ministry of Jesus Christ by Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ (formerly Covenant Baptist Church) in Washington, DC, Lee served as the Assistant Pastor and an Associate for The Abyssinian Baptist Church for nearly two decades. She is the first and only woman to have served as Assistant Pastor and the first woman to preside over the ordinances in Abyssinian’s 207 years of Christian witness. Lee has also served for the Abyssinian Development Corporation, a non-profit community development organization, as the Vice President of Family Services.
A native of Cheraw, South Carolina, Lee holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Winthrop University in South Carolina, a Master of Social Work degree from Howard University in Washington, DC and a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. While Lee has done extensive research in counseling, having completed coursework toward the Ph.D. in Clinical Social Work at New York University, she received a doctorate from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion and Religious Education.
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