Kangse Lee grew up in the third generation of a Korean Methodist family. In 1990 he left Korea and came to America to “study overseas”. During his school years, he experienced various denominations: University of Mary Hardin Baylor(BA in Religious Study, TX), McCormick Theological Seminary (MA of Theological Studies, Chicago), and Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary (M.Div). And it was his final decision to discern his call to be a pastor within the Methodist tradition. As such, he began his full time ministry at Dakota UMC in the Northern Illinois Conference and in 2016 he began his pastorate here at Calvary UMC of San Jose, California.
Amongst his many passions for Calvary UMC is that Calvary be identified as a “Caring & Praying Church.” He says, “Calvary may be known by many different descriptions. However, I want Calvary to be known as the church where people are truly living with ‘Caring One Another’ & ‘More Prayer and More Power!’”
His wife, Maria is a great supporter for Kangse He said, “Maria is a constant reminder of God’s grace and gratitude.” While his favorite interest is riding his bike, kayaking, and fishing, he has recently begun a new hobby of “vegetable gardening in containers”.
MUSIC DIRECTOR AND OFFICE MANAGER
Japanese born and educated, Keiko has had operatic roles with many Bay area opera groups, as well as the Soprano Lead in Handel’s Messiah at the San Francisco’s Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall. Keiko also gives occasional recitals, as well as participating in an annual vocal concert in Japan. In Japan Keiko’s recorded appearances include several works of Praise Songs and Contemporary Christian Music. In the U.S. Keiko can be heard on recordings by Noel McFarlane and the group “Hikari.” Keiko was the former band leader, keyboardist and lead singer of “Lovely Wind,” a Tokyo based Gospel Jazz Trio. Keiko serves as the conductor/music director for Choral Cosmo, a Japanese choral group based in Silicon Valley, Keiko holds the degree of Master of Vocal Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Her undergraduate degree, a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance and a Teaching Credential in Music Education are from Tokyo’s Kunitachi College of Music.