Rev. Tony Lee is the founder and Senior Pastor of the Community of Hope African Methodist Episcopal Church. Community of Hope is recognized throughout the region for its innovative ministry and community outreach. Community of Hope serves as a vital instrument in the community. The church strives to impact the community by providing real life solutions to real life situations. From spiritual health to physical and mental health, the church has had a major influence on everyone from the elderly to the youth.
Rev. Lee has received national media attention on BET’s Cousin Jeff’s Chronicles, CNN and CSPAN. He has also been featured in various print media, including the Washington Post, Washington Times , Upscale Magazine and Gospel Today Magazine. He was also a contributor in the book “Being A Black Man: At The Corner Of Progress And Peril”. Rev. Lee has been honored by the distinguished privilege to preach at the Sunday morning worship service of the historical Howard University Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel. He also spoke at the 2005 Millions More Movement, the ten year commemoration of the Million Man March
Rev. Lee is known throughout the community for creativity in preaching, teaching and worship. His ministry brings unparalleled energy to the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the nation and the world because his message and persona demystify the plan of salvation and bring renewed hope to doubters and the unchurched. In October 2004, Rev. Lee used his leadership role in ministry at Ebenezer to bring two “crew” leaders to the table to sign a “Treaty for Peace,” pledging to stop the violence in Prince Georges County, Maryland.
Rev. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland at College Park. Upon completion of his theological studies at the Howard University School of Divinity in Washington, D.C. and the Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Rev. Lee earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary.
Rev. Lee has received numerous awards and citations, including recognition from the Black Leadership Forum, the Coalition of Concerned Black Christian Men, the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, the Bergen County Branch of the N.A.A.C.P. as well as a resolution from the New Jersey General Assembly. He recently was recognized by WPGC 95.5 FM as one of the “Twenty Coolest Brothers In The DMV”.
Rev. Tony Lee is the son of proud parents, Mr. Orlando W.E. Lee and Rev. Nancy T. Lee.