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Oct 1, 2019 11:26 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Westhampton Beach Community Church Welcomes New Spiritual Leader

Rev. Samuel Lee. RACHEL VALDESPINO
Oct 2, 2019 10:12 AM

The congregation of Westhampton Beach Community Church, which just celebrated the 100th anniversary of the current church building’s construction, recently welcomed a new spiritual leader, the Reverend Samuel Lee.

Rev. Lee served at the Hartford Korean Methodist Church in Connecticut for eight years, until he was appointed to his new post on the East End three months ago.

He said he has already experienced the welcoming spirit, and overwhelming support within the community.

“I would love to get to know the people here,” said Rev. Lee, who noted that he also has big plans for the future of the church. “I’m thinking about the Bible, about going back to the scripture, about going back to the prayer life. I want the church to focus on the mission statement. It’s exactly what I want to do — to focus on discipleship.”

Community outreach is something Rev. Lee is mindful of as well.

“I want to visit places in Westhampton Beach and pray together,” he said. “Little by little, I’ll get to know everyone. I want people to know that it’s not just important how you act inside [the church], but how you act outside as well. That’s my purpose, to focus on getting that across.”

Rev. Lee arrived in Westhampton Beach with his wife, Iris, and their 3-year-old son, James. Church officials said they were excited by the prospect of a youthful voice in the church.

“It’s the first time we’ve had a young child here,” said church historian Ryan Eliott, who also serves as the chairman of the Church Council. “Rev. Lee’s son, James, adds so much life to the church. He’s 3 years old, and has so much energy and truly is a breath of fresh air here.”

Rev. Lee is looking forward to the many events the church has planned for the remainder of the year. On October 19, the church will hold a car show, and on November 2, members will host a clothing drive.

The church also has a Bible study that meets twice a month on Saturday mornings. It’s referred to as the men’s fellowship within the congregation, and it’s been run by church member Tom Terry for the past four years.

“I don’t even have a word for it,” Mr. Terry said, when asked how he feels Rev. Lee is doing at the church. “I would say outstanding. Rev. Lee and his family are awesome. They are filled with the love of Christ and a humility unlike I’ve ever seen before.”

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