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Gideon Lee was born and raised in Hong Kong. He holds a BS from MIT in Computer Science. Professionally, he has developed software for collaboration (Lotus Notes), live e-learning (Centra), Java application server (SilverStream), web 2.0 and mobile app (OpenSpot), and GPU-accelerated numerical data analysis (NumberSciences, where he served as the president). Gideon also serves bi-vocationally as a minister of the gospel. After helping start a Hong Kong Student Bible Study Group at MIT, he helped with the planting of a Chinese church. He served with CIBC for ten years while attending seminary. He received his M.Div. at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Gideon has recently gone back to school after having been away for a dozen plus years and is working towards a PhD in Apologetics and Worldview at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. As a hobby, he is interested in immersive media, partly growing out of his undergraduate research experience at the interactive cinema group of the Media Lab where he did his thesis. Gideon is married to Irene and they have two children.
“You have believed the Bible in your mind, but have you trusted God in your life?” My pastor asked in a sermon in 1986 when I was 16. I realized I was not sure. “I believe in the gospel. But where is my spiritual fruit?” My reflection took me back to my first encounter with God at age three. In 1973, my father had to come to the USA to have a risky aortic valve replacement surgery. I remember receiving a long distance phone call from him and my mother one evening during those days. My grandmother, who took care of me while they were away, held my little hands and asked me to pray for my dad. I probably said nothing more than “heavenly father, please cure my dad!” But it did leave a deep impression on me that a few months later, my father came back alive and spent many happy days playing with me at a nearby park. Recalling that early experience reminded me that although I failed to seek God, God had never failed to pursue me. I ought to live as a believer out of this love alone! My faith was also shaped by a pluralistic life setting. My family attended a staunchly Baptist church. My father was a chemistry teacher before becoming a staff member of IFES (InterVarsity in Asia) after his surgery. And I went to an Anglican secondary school that held morning worship assemblies and had religious education as part of the required curriculum. However, most of my schoolmates were nonChristians. Most of my maternal side relatives practiced ancestral worship. And Christian population was a small minority in Hong Kong. The pluralistic life setting necessitated a rational defense of faith. My interest in science led me to different types of cosmological arguments. As the problem of evil was raised to me, I discovered C. S. Lewis and also Augustine and Leibniz. Comparing Christianity against Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism convinced me that the only solution to tyranny, injustice, and suffering is found in grace. Love is universally known but only in Christ is grace fully revealed. Why did I fail to trust God, then? First, I realized that I misconstrued the forgiveness of God as a thing granted, rather than a relationship in reconciliation through confessions. Second, reflecting particularly on the apostle Peter, I realized that trusting God necessitates the courage to face the fear of the unknown, knowing rationally that God’s grace is sufficient. Rom. 8:31: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” Resolving to entrust my life to the Lord with a rational courage, I was baptized in 1986.
Ph.D. student, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, present
M.Div., Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 2000
S.B., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993