Edwin F. Lee Edit Profile
Lee earned the B.S. degree from Northwestern University in 1909, where he was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He attended the Garrett Graduate School of Theology on the same campus, earning the B.D. degree in 1924. Concurrently he attained the M.A. degree at the University of Chicago (1924).
Degree at the University of Chicago (1924). Rev. Lee was appointed Pastor in New Hampton, Iowa (1908–10). He then was assigned as a Missionary to Batavia, Java and as the Pastor of the Wesley Church in Kuala Lumpur, Malaya (1910–12).
Rev. Lee then was appointed Pastor of Central Methodist Church in Manila, Philippines (1912–15). Following this initial overseas work, Rev. Lee was appointed again to Iowa (Rockford, 1915–17).
He also served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army, A.E.F. during World War I. In 1919 he became the Associate Secretary of the Board of Foreign Missions of the M.E. Church, with offices in N.Y.C., serving in this post until 1924. He was then sent overseas again, as the Pastor of the Wesley Church of Singapore, Straits Settlements and as the Superintendent of the Singapore District of the M.E. Church (1924–28). Rev. Lee was elected a Missionary Bishop at the M.E. General Conference of 1928.
He was assigned to the Manila Episcopal Area of the Philippine Islands Central Conference. The Manila Area included Malaysia and the Philippines. Bishop Lee was a delegate to the International Missionary Conference in Madras, India (1938).
He was made a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, London. His great interest and involvement in the Far East led him to membership in the American Institute of Pacific Relations, Chicago, as well as the Council on Foreign Relations. Bishop Lee also was appointed in 1944 the Director of the General Commission on Army and Navy Chaplains in Washington, D.C. His offices were at 1137 Woodward Building in Washington.
Served as chaplain United States Army, 1917-1919, with American Expeditionary Forces from January 1918. Member Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Member American Academy of Political and Social Science, American Institute of Pacific Relations (New York), Chicago Council on Foreign Relations.
Mason (K.T., 32°).
Married Edna Dorman, June 8, 1909.