Associate Rector for Discipleship & Community Life
Deborah A. Lee joined our staff in 2019 as Associate Rector for Discipleship and Community Life. In this role, Deborah assists with membership development, supporting our mission of radical welcome, and helping us move towards deeper engagement and connectivity. Deborah supports community members—new and established—as they navigate their way in this large and wonderful parish while pastorally encouraging, empowering, and mentoring them to act on their sense of call in our community. “Helping one another to articulate our faith with fearlessness, vigor, and vitality in order to discern and nurture spiritual potential and growth is key to discipleship,” she says. The St. Bart’s Connects! small group ministry, which falls within her ministry portfolio, endeavors to help create deeper fellowship among parishioners. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Deborah began “This Is Another Day,” a series of weekday morning meditations on YouTube and Facebook. For the two years prior to joining St. Bart's, Deborah served as Priest-in-Charge of St. Paul's Church in Chester, New York, while concurrently serving as Assisting Priest at Christ Church in Warwick. 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. She previously served as Program Manager for Pastoral Care and Community for Trinity Church, Wall Street. Her passion for helping those of diverse backgrounds and needs has taken her to Lima, Peru, as a counselor and educator; Arizona, where she coordinated international programs for BorderLinks; two years in the Peace Corps teaching at a school for visually impaired students in Morocco; and undergraduate studies at the School for International Training in Cameroon. Deborah earned a Master of Divinity degree and Certificate in Spiritual Direction from The General Theological Seminary, and was ordained to the priesthood on September 9, 2017. She earned a 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. Apart from her work in the church, Deborah enjoys photography, singing, dancing, reading, and is a bona fide foodie!