Sung Ho Lee arrived at Trinity United Methodist Church in Grand Island, New York in July 2015 following eight years of ministry as District Superintendent of the Mohawk District of the Upper New York Conference.
Sung Ho was born and grew up in Korea. Upon completion of college education in chemical engineering, he came to the United States for graduate studies. He received a Ph.D. degree from State University of New York at Buffalo in chemical engineering. He went back to Korea for his career in research. Having worked in Korea for three years, he came back to the United States to go to seminary. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drew Theological School. He also received a Doctor of Ministry degree from Drew Theological Seminary. Sung Ho is an ordained elder of the United Methodist Church and has served churches in New York: Burdett UMC, Ithaca Korean UMC, Park UMC in Hamilton and First UMC in Corning. Sung Ho has passion for ministry for all ages: children, youth, young adults, middle aged and older adults. Sung Ho believes that worship must be exciting, dynamic, inviting and engaging with inspiring messages relevant to the real life. Sung Ho has a great passion to help people grow in their faith that can be applied to their daily life. He is also committed to the ministry of encouraging and empowering people to go into the world both locally and globally to share their faith by telling their faith stories and doing good works.
Sung Ho and his wife Jung have two adult children, daughter Sarah and her husband James and son Joey.
Alice has been with the church since May of 2014. She has a BA in Education, and a ME from Georgia Southern University, as well as additional training in business administration. Alice works closely with the pastor and other staff in accomplishing the ministry of our church.
Kelly has been attending Trinity since birth. She grew up in this church. She was baptized, confirmed and married in this church and now brings her own little ones here. Kelly has served as the Children’s Music Director for 2 years and is also a vocalist in the Trinity Praise Band.
Kelly graduated from the University at Buffalo with a BA in Communication. Though she has spent most of her professional years working in TV and Media and professional writing in various forms, she has plenty of experience working with children as a Kindermusik Educator, and former ski instructor, soccer coach, camp counselor, Babysitter and now a mother of two. She prides herself in being extremely organized and checking things off her many To Do Lists.
As a youth, she enjoyed singing and fellowship as part of the church’s Son Light Singers, and hopes that her children and all the others that come through these doors, will be given the same spiritual opportunities. “I thank God for being a part of this group. It was during a trip with this group that my faith in God was affirmed. I was with them when I learned some very upsetting news. But in a moment, it was all clear, and I knew the Lord had heard my prayers. I just knew. This was a pivotal time in my life. I easily could have walked away, but instead, I walked toward Him.”
As Children’s Ministry Coordinator, Kelly has hopes to grow the children’s program through exciting new programs and outreach, and encouraging all of the children to know and experience God’s love through prayer, service, fellowship, and of course, music.
Kelly lives on Grand Island with her husband, Jay and their two young children, Kaia and Jamin.
Abbey grew up in Syracuse, graduated from Grove City College with a B.S. in Biology and minor in Religion in 2010, and moved to Buffalo where she received her M.S. in 7th-12th grade education from Medaille college. She has been a volunteer leader with YoungLife on Grand Island for 3+ years. She loves the time she spends with young people and considers it a gift to share the hope and love found in Jesus Christ alone. She has lots of exciting and fun things planned for the youth so check the etidings each Wednesday for events, dates and times.
Trinity's services to older adults are now led by the Rev. Sharon Schaus, a retired United Methodist Minister from our conference. Her most recent church was Batavia First UMC. Sherri entered the ministry in mid-career after working as a nurse and attending CRCDS seminary in Rochester. At Batavia she organized a program for senior adults bearing much resemblance to the established program at Trinity. She is looking forward to continuing the visitation and Chat 'n Chew programs seniors have so valued in the past. She and her husband Ed reside in Akron, and will be worshiping regularly with our congregation in Grand Island.
Jim was baptized at Trinity in 1957. Jim is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 30 years' experience. He has a wide variety of experience in both simple and complex accounting and taxation issues. Jim has added a new level of freshness to Trinity's accounting procedures and documentation, and has made these more transparent and understandable to staff and volunteers.
High School: Baker High School, Baldwinsville, NY 1963
College: Lycoming College, Williamsport 1967 BA (Major: German)
Seminary: Wesley Seminary, Washington, DC 1971 Master of Divinity
Churches served as pastor:
Grand Island, Trinity United Methodist July 1, 1990- June 30, 2005 Retired
Olean, Christ UMC July 1, 1980-June 30, 1990
Bemus Point UMC July 1, 1972-June 30, 1980
Riehenring and Wesley Haus UMC July 1971-June 1972
(Both German speaking)
Rev. Sue Kaiser moved to Grand Island upon retirement in 2002, after 17 years preaching in 4 parishes in WNY. Serving Trinity primarily as their Prayer Ministry Coordinator, Adult Education Teacher, and Worship Dance Coordinator, she has a deep interest in ecumenical relationships and work toward Christian unity/
Bob is happily retired and lives in Tonawanda. He attends 10:30 worship regularly. He is a renowned consumer of books of all types and loves to discuss any and all topics.