While serving as pastor of Morning Star Ministries, Lee became interested in the Chaplaincy. In 1994, then Chief of Police Dan Monez encouraged local pastors to start a chaplaincy program for Napa. In 1996, following his initial training, Lee was asked to serve as Chaplain for the Napa Police Department. After much consideration, further training, and the encouragement of family and friends, Lee became Napa’s first Chaplain. Soon thereafter he became Founder, Director and Senior Chaplain of the Law Enforcement and Fire Chaplaincy of Napa County. He was then asked to serve the Napa County Sheriff Office and the Napa City Fire Department.
Lee has made missionary trips to Mexico and India, and in 1997 traveled to Russia with Peace Officers for Christ International. Lee and his wife, Mary, had the privilege of serving extensively at “Ground Zero” in New York following the collapse of the World Trade Center under the direction of the Red Cross SAIR Team and ICPC. Lee proceeded to return to New York three additional times to assist 9/11 survivors under the auspices of Peace Officers for Christ to honor the Port Authority Police Officers and another time exclusively to attend FDNY funerals to show support for our American heroes.
Among other national tragedies, Lee responded with Pastor/Chaplain Mike MacIntosh to the Century Theater mass shooting in Aurora, CO where he provided crisis intervention for thirty-three of the survivors; served at the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting in Connecticut; provided assistance at the Hurricane Katrina disaster at the Louisiana State Troopers tent city in Baton Rouge and the New Orleans Police Department at the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans (area worst hit by the hurricane). Mary also served extensively at Baton Rouge, LA after Hurricane Katrina and later returned with the Red Cross to NYC to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
Lee and his team have now served twenty law enforcement and fire service agencies in the city and county of Napa, CA. He serves as Intermittent Chaplain for the California Veterans Home Memorial Chapel in Yountville, CA. In addition to his role as Senior Chaplain, he trains and directs an elite team of volunteer chaplains. Lee’s professional affiliations include the Federation of Fire Chaplains (FFC), the International Conference of Police Chaplains (ICPC), The American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS), the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF), and the National Center for Chaplain Development (NCCD). Lee holds a Bachelor of Biblical Studies and Master’s Degree in Chaplaincy from Trinity Biblical University (TBU), has served as past Vice Chair of Ministry in Public Safety for TBU, and is currently a board member at Calvary Chapel of St. Helena. Lee is a Master Certified Chaplain with ICPC, a Board Certified Crisis Chaplain with the AAETS, a member of the ICPC Disaster Response Team, and a member of the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team. Lee served on the Peace Officer Standards in Training (P.O.S.T.) California Law Enforcement Chaplain Consortium Curriculum Advisory Committee and became one of the first P.O.S.T. certified Chaplains in California. He is a member of the Presidents Guild for the National Center for Chaplain Development. Among his continuing education and training, Lee has received extensive training in Critical Incident Stress Management through ICISF, including six certificates in specialized training from ICISF.
Among his many awards and recognition, in 2013 Lee was a recipient of the Jefferson Award for Public Service from CBS 5KPIX News, “Outstanding Public Safety Person of the Year” with Napa Police Department, received the “Outstanding Service to Vintage and Napa High School Communities” award, the “Male Role Model of the Year” awarded by California State Legislature and Napa Emergency Women’s Services, “Respect for Law – Law Enforcement Award” from Optimist International, “Volunteer of the Year” awarded by NCRP, and received an Honorable Discharge awarded by United States Navy, United States Submarine Service. Lee and Mary have lived in the Napa Valley since 1976. They have three children and three grandchildren.