Written by Monica Brandt:
Eugene Lee has been named campus pastor of Open Door Church San Mateo (ODCSM), a campus of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Lee was most recently the founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Boston, Massachusetts and held that position for the past nine years.
Lee began his ministry career as the youth and college pastor at Saint John’s Korean United Methodist Church in Lexington, Massachusetts. Lee obtained a Master’s of Divinity degree and a Master’s of Theology degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from North Carolina State University.
In addition to speaking English as his native language, Lee also speaks conversational Korean.
"It is with great joy and anticipation that my family and I have come to ODCSM to serve and be a part of a community that is still forming and shaping," Lee said. "One of God's great gifts in life is friends for the journey — and we are blessed and thrilled to take on the journey together with our new church family.”
Lee moved to the Bay Area in August and lives in San Mateo with his wife and three elementary school-aged children. In his spare time he enjoys coaching his sons’ little league baseball and soccer teams and outdoor activities like hiking, biking, fishing and camping.
ODCSM, next to Mollie Stone's Market and the Bel Mateo Bowl, is part of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church’s commitment to Bay Area communities and its belief that people living within fifteen minutes of their church home will be integrated into and serve their community. To that end, ODCSM congregants regularly serve low-income individuals and families including special service events such as a prom dress collection this past spring for foster teen girls which resulted in 109 dresses collected in total.
All are welcome to its worship services at 9:30 and 11 a.m. on Sundays, followed by conversation and café style coffee and food.Menlo Park Presbyterian Church focuses much of its giving of time and resources to support education and fight extreme poverty and human trafficking. MPPC has been on Santa Cruz Avenue in Menlo Park for almost 140 years and today has four campuses, including locations in San Mateo and Mountain View, with 4,500 members. MPPC welcomes all to join in its activities and weekend services.