Reverend Dr. Terry Lee was born and raised in Cowley, Jamaica where he attended school and worked in construction. In 1989, he moved to New York and joined a construction company while spreading the gospel between assignments on buses, trains, or anywhere he could find people. That was the beginning of his street ministry when he heeded the call of the Lord to enter the ministry on a full-time basis. In fact, he is known as the man with the “Church on Wheels” referring to his mobile truck. The “Church on Wheels” travels throughout the five boroughs teaching and spreading the Gospel to many. Surprisingly, it was not until 1994 that Reverend Lee’s faith in God, passion for people, and strong personal desire to elevate the Caribbean community inspired him to open “By-Ways and HedgesYouth For Christ Ministry Inc.” Since its doors opened, the church’s teaching and practice of love and compassion has culminated into a large congregation from all over Brooklyn. As a dynamic pastor with a mission to spread the gospel with vigor and power, utilizing the microphone as a sword, and the Holy Bible as a shield, Reverend Lee delivers the gospel in unconventional ways and many lives have been changed as a result.
Reverend Lee’s strong beliefs and vision that communities are as one village, where everyone works together toward empowerment has led him to network with many political and civic leaders in NewYork including the New York Police Department. In fact, Rev. Lee serves as a mediator between the community members and the Police Department, particularly the 67th, 70th, and 71st precincts as part of the NYPD Clergy Liaison Unit and as a member of the NYPD Civilian Observation Patrol (COP). Reverend Lee often speaks to the new recruits during their orientation to help them gain a better understanding of the communities they serve and thus enhance the community-police relationships. In 2001, Rev. Lee was selected as a “Police Inspector for a Day”. Additionally, Reverend Lee’s work in the community has enlisted the support of many political figures including governor George Pataki, Senator Hilary Clinton, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, former Commissioner of Police Safir, Bernard Kerik and former Commissioner of Police Ray Kelly.
Reverend Lee is an active resident of the Brooklyn community where he provides spiritual guidance to many families and individuals. He is also an active member of the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), and he has served as a member of Community Board 17, the Borough of Brooklyn Ecumenical Advisory Group, (BBEAG), and Churches United to Save and Heal (CUSH). Pastor Lee has organized many events such as immigration seminars and has liaised with Immigration (USCIS) Officials. He also hosts a Unity Walk, Whitehouse Prayer Vigil, the Brooklyn South Awards, Domestic Violence & Gang Violence Awareness, Food and Clothing Drive, and Revelation Soldiers Labor Day Evangelism Float. Reverend Terry Lee is the President of the By-Ways, Real Life Times Newspaper, host a community newspaper, established to empower and educate the community members on immigration and other issues. He is also the founder and president for Community Concerns Network and Immigration Response to Crisis organization. He possesses the ability to inspire and motivate people through sincere goodwill and enthusiasm. His integrity and passion for others and his faith in God create a dynamic and effective teaching environment in his church and on the streets. He has a strong commitment to empower the Caribbean community and foster a sense of unity among the diverse peoples in the community.