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our transitional pastor

Lee Lever


Lee Lever began as our three-quarter time interim/transitional pastor in May 2022. In addition to regular pastoral duties, Lee will be helping Houston Mennonite Church clarify identity and vision, and search for a long-term lead pastor.  


Lee brings a wealth of experience in pastoral ministry and organizational savvy to his role at HMC. He has been a pastor, hospital chaplain, area conference minister, consultant, and denominational minister. Most recently he was pastor of the Austin Mennonite Church. Lee enjoys learning the story of a congregation and helping them find their values and passions as they follow the way of Jesus in ministry and mission. 


In addition to a Master of Divinity from Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Lee has a Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Development from Seabury-Western Theological Seminary (Episcopal). His undergraduate degree is from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale in English. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam with a logistical unit, an experience that led him to the Mennonite church where he embraced the nonviolent way of Jesus. 

Lee’s wife, Terri, died of cancer at the beginning of 2018. They have three adult children, a daughter in law, and an adorable granddaughter born in 2021. Two of the children live in Austin, one in Troy, New York.  


You can reach Pastor Lee at


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what to expect | open & affirming | influences & beliefs | our pastor | Mennonites?

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