Our Leadership

Our Pastor-Teacher

james.leeJames serves as our senior pastor or primary teaching elder. As a lifelong Southern California resident, the vast majority in Orange County, he started attending church in late elementary school when his father came to saving faith. Meanwhile, James had been running hard away from God, not to Him. But several years later, James too, was convicted of his sinful rebellion, overwhelmed by grace, and providentially came to know and trust Christ as Lord and Savior. His life was never the same again. He came to genuinely love the Creator, Bible, and Church he formerly had so despised. With a new heart and new eyes, God was no longer far away, but lovingly near. And forgiveness wasn’t earned, nor lost, but mercifully paid for, humbly received, and divinely preserved, not because of James, but because of Jesus. While James had various spiritual struggles and failures, the Lord never let him go. Then during his college years with the Navigators, he continued to grow in learning to share his faith on campus, mentor younger believers, and trust the Lord in leading others as a painfully shy young man. Most formative, was the personal impact of godly people in his life, and the profound influence that a new love of books in seeking to equip himself had in shaping his character and thinking. It was during the latter part of his undergraduate studies, that God called James to pastoral ministry, despite his initial resistance, with the encouragement and confirmation of fellow believers. James graduated from UCLA in 1996 (B.A. History), then from Talbot Theological Seminary in 2000 (Master of Divinity), and received Biblical Counseling training at IBCD.  Prior to coming to Lighthouse, James served as a youth pastor, church planting intern, associate pastor, and upon the advice of a late spiritual mentor, worked 2 valuable years in the marketplace, before entering full-time ministry. He is an ordained minister of the Southern Baptist Convention, and loves whenever an opportunity is given to serve overseas, having gone on mission trips to Japan, China, Mexico, Korea, and India. He lives in humbled gratitude for the gospel partnerships that our church enjoys with other local churches and believers, as we corporately worship and labor to the glory of God and the joy of all nations. James married his wonderful wife, Sandy, in 2005, and they have 3 cherished children, son Tobias, daughter Piper, and daughter Kristyn. Outside his passion for the Lord Himself, God’s Word, and the faithful proclamation of the good news of the gospel by ordinary children of God like himself, James loves spending time with his family, reading books, playing sports, bodyboarding at his favorite break, relaxing outdoors, and cheering on his favorite local teams, the Angels, Ducks, Clippers, and UCLA Bruins!

Pastoral Resident / Intern Associate

Pastor Jonathan Yang

Churchplanting Elder Team

Pastor James Lee
Pastor John Kim
Pastor Patrick Cho
Pastor Mark Chin

Admin Team

Pastor James Lee
Mr. Abram Kim
Mr. Charles Kim
Mr. Jae Lee