Lee Berg began his ministry career as a liberal Southern Baptist pastor in 1979, serving congregations in Texas and in Mississippi. He holds a BA in Sociology and Religion from Houston Baptist University, a Master of Divinity in Theology and Ethics from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and a PhD in Religion/Ethics with minors in political science and sociology from Baylor University. His dissertation was a critical analysis of the rise of the religious/political far right in the 1970s and 1980s and included interviews with Jerry Falwell and Tim LaHaye.
He left pastoral ministry in 1995 to work with the National Education Association in Washington, DC. While with NEA, he worked with religious groups, including the Social Action office of the United Church of Christ, to pass Equal Access legislation for public school students. This legislation allows for student led religious groups, LGBTQ clubs and other student led groups to form in public schools. His work with NEA brought him to Colorado and Boulder in 2001. His life-long passion for social justice found its theological home in the United Church of Christ.
Since leaving the National Education Association, Lee has served in nonprofit leadership roles with area nonprofits. He and his wife Cindy met in 2003 and were married in 2006. They and their two dogs live in Louisville. Cindy is in private practice as a pediatric occupational therapist in Boulder. They chose Community UCC, Boulder, CO as their church home in 2006 and in 2012 Lee returned to pastoral ministry as an interim minister for UCC congregations in Parker, CO, Craig, CO and recently ended a 15 month interim at Community UCC. His Ordained Ministerial Standing is in the Metropolitan Denver Association of the Rocky Mountain Conference of the United Church of Christ. He brings to Washington Park UCC a wealth of experience gained in the variety of roles in which he has served.
Lee and Cindy have 3 grown children, Cindy’s son Nick in Boulder and Lee’s daughter Laura and son John who live in Dallas. Laura is married to Matt Krauss and they have three beautiful and wonderful children. Lee and Cindy enjoy grandchildren, skiing and hiking, progressive causes and politics and their two dogs.