About Helen


The “official” biography:

Helen Lee has been a writer,  journalist, and editor in the Christian publishing market for nearly two decades. She is an associate editor at InterVarsity Press,  the author of The Missional Mom, and contributor to numerous other books and Bibles, including Always There, the 2012 MOPS devotional; Tending the Soul, a devotional edited by the women of Moody Radio’s Midday Connection, and the Everyday Matters Bible (Hendrickson/Christianity Today, 2012). She has also served as co-editor and contributor of Growing Healthy Asian-American Churches (IVP, 2006) and has authored articles and posts for organizations and blogs such as Christianity Today, Leadership Journal, Sojourners, Jesus Creed, Christ and Pop Culture, and Today’s Christian Woman. Her writing has garnered numerous awards, most recently in 2013 with her winning essay for the “This Is Our City” contest sponsored by Christianity Today. In 2008, 2009, and 2011, she won awards in reporting and devotional writing from the Evangelical Press Association. Helen’s 1996 article on the “Silent Exodus” in the Asian American church is still widely regarded as the seminal piece reporting this trend. Her career in Christian publishing began at Christianity Today, where as a reporter and editor she interviewed or worked with numerous evangelical luminaries, such as Billy Graham, Michael Card, J.I. Packer, and Chuck Colson, among others. Helen is also a sought-after speaker who was recently featured in Rachel Held Evans’ list of Christian women speakers.

Helen also has interests in entrepreneurship and co-founded the Best Christian Workplaces with Al Lopus in 2002 to help Christian organizations improve the quality of their human resources management. She loves coming up with new ideas for organizations and ministries and seeing those ideas come to life. Helen has a B.A. in bioethics from Williams College, an M.A. from Wheaton College (Communications/Theology), and an MBA from Babson College with a focus on entrepreneurship. She and her family attend Naperville Evangelical Covenant Church in the suburbs of Chicago. Helen is married to talented classical pianist Brian Lee, a professor of music at Moody Bible Institute, and has three active, amazing boys whom she attempts to homeschool whenever she is not writing, blogging, or Tweeting.

Helen is honored to be represented by Chris Park at Foundry Media.

The “unofficial” biography:

I have loved to write for as long as I can remember, but I only started thinking of it as a vocation later in life, after countless premed courses in college and subpar MCAT scores helped me see the error of medicine as the right career track for me. Even so, I’m someone who has never found it easy to be boxed into one category. As much as I enjoy writing, I also love hanging out with fellow writers desiring to change the world, talking with Asian American and multiethnic ministry practitioners, and dreaming about new business or screenplay ideas. I am best known in my MBA class for turning down a job at a venture capital firm with a guaranteed 6-figure salary to start my own dot-com. Sadly, the start-up eventually ran out of money and had to be closed down, but I count it as a terrific experience. I still long to start another company someday and have a file full of crazy plans!

I consider myself blessed beyond measure. I serve the most amazing and merciful God who loves and sustains me despite all my flaws and faults. I have a wonderful husband and children. I love my church community. I am fortunate to be a part of an incredible writers group that has supported me through all the ups and and downs of the writing life these past couple of years.

I enjoy people but I am an introvert at heart, and email/Facebook/Twitter are great ways to reach me! Feel free to contact me anytime, and thanks for stopping by!