CAMPUS MINISTRY TEAM
REV. BETHEL LEE
Bethel is the Campus Minister at UBC sponsored by the United Church of Canada.
Born in South Korea, she immigrated to the States via Los Angeles as a toddler, and then to British Columbia following seminary because she fell in love (with the province as well as her Canadian husband). Bethel earned her BA in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Pepperdine University and her Master of Divinity from Duke Divinity School. She is a certified yoga instructor and the founder of Yoga Chapel. She also pursues a humble acting career on the side. You can listen to her sermons via “Mini Chapel Podcast” on iTunes.
She lives in Kits with her husband David, their son Moses, and scruffy dog Chance.
What's your biggest regret from your time in university? That I worried too much. Especially about my major. Wish I had just studied what inspired me, instead of trying to map out my entire life. Curiosity is a far better leader than worry.
What are you most proud of from your undergrad/grad days? That I experienced a lot and walked toward my fears. I studied abroad in Italy, joined a sorority, quit a sorority, changed my major 6 times, gained a lot of weight, acted and sang in my first play, skydived, met fascinating people, and wrestled with my faith--especially while in grad school. I embraced the process of questioning everything, which led me into the wilderness — This can be a really scary place because it's where everything you have ever believed about the world, God and your own identity is challenged and sometimes wiped away, but it is also the birthplace of transformation and new life.
Why does Campus Ministry matter to you? Every time you learn something new, something within you has to die to make room for that kind of growth and expansion. So, I've found that when people engage in a time of formal education, they enter this liminal space, which can feel so vulnerable and daunting to face alone. I wish I had received more support when traveling through my own "dark night(s) of the soul," so I am grateful to be able to offer that kind spiritual care and community to others.
REV. AARON MILLER
Born and raised in Southern Ontario, he moved to Vancouver in 2016, with his wife and two boys, to pursue God's call to UHill. Aaron studied English Language & Literature at Brock University in St. Catharines, ON) and earned his Master of Divinity from Emmanuel College in Toronto.
He lives with his family on campus in Wesbrook Village.
How would you describe your faith journey? I was raised in the church, the child of United Church ministers, and travelled in pretty churchy circles throughout my teenage years. In my late teens/early twenties, my relationship with the church was one of respectful distance. I honored my parents' beliefs and the way that I was raised, but wrestled with an awful lot of stuff. Shortly after we were engaged, my wife and I were invited to attend an Alpha program at my dad's church. That experience brought me back in contact with a living, thoughtful, prayerful and engaged faith, which set me on a path to ordained ministry.
What's one lasting lesson from your undergrad? In hindsight, I think I learned that "education is its own reward." I'm not anywhere near where I thought I would be when I started, but everything I learned - the opportunity to engage with experts in their field and the chance to explore new and varied ideas and worldviews - has borne fruit I could never have expected.
Why does Campus Ministry matter to you? People arrive on campus at all different ages and stages, but so many are asking more or less the same questions about life — about who we are and what we're meant to do, about vocation and meaning. I think the Christian gospel has a lot to say about those things. I'm convinced that a relationship with God transforms the way we answer those questions, which in turn transforms the world.
Dave is the Campus Ministry Coordinator at United Chapel.
Born in Los Angeles, he immigrated to Canada as a young child, grew up in New Westminster, and then moved to Victoria in high school. He earned both his B.Com and J.D. degrees from the University of Victoria. For his day job, he is a headhunter/recruiter focused in the legal industry and he's also a Certified Executive Coach.
You can find him in Kits walking his dog or taking his son to the playground.
How would you describe your faith journey? I discovered faith through Young Life via my high school volleyball coach and mentor, trained and volunteered abroad with Youth With a Mission, and then veered toward the United Church while in law school as it aligned with my progressive and inclusive values.
Why does campus ministry matter to you? In university, I belonged to a few campus ministry communities, but none that were inclusive (which meant a lot to me), so I still felt stranded. I was blessed with amazing mentors, however, so I'm grateful to help pay it forward and to create a welcoming space for students to explore their faith and to build community with peers and mentors.
What do you do with your spare time? I love to hike up or ski down mountains, socialize at coffee shops and pubs, and organize events that try to make a difference.