Cameron Lee

Professor of Marriage and Family Studies, Department of Marriage and FamilySchool of Psychology

Contact Information
AB, University of California at Berkeley
MDiv, PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Biographical Information

Cameron Lee has been a member of the Marriage and Family program faculty since 1986, and was part of the program’s move from the School of Theology to the School of Psychology in 1987. While teaching marriage and family studies courses on the Fuller campus, he also speaks off-campus as a Certified Family Life Educator. He is a licensed Family Wellness Trainer and a member of the National Council on Family Relations. Lee’s current project is the development of the Fuller Institute for Relationship Education (FIRE), which seeks to help congregations create sustainable marriage and relationship education ministries through the low-cost training of volunteer leaders. Lee is also a teaching pastor and licensed minister in the congregation where he is a member. He teaches and preaches regularly in church settings.

Lee has been published in a variety of journals, including Family Process, Family Relations, the Journal of Psychology and Theology, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. He has published eight books, most recently, Marriage PATH: Peacemaking at Home for Christian Couples (2015), Preparing Couples for Love and Marriage, a practical resource to help pastors in premarital preparation (coauthored with Jim Furrow, 2013), and That Their Work Will Be a Joy (coauthored with Kurt Fredrickson, 2012).

Lee maintains a personal blog entitled Squinting Through Fog, a series of reflections on the Christian life.

Courses Taught

  • FI500: Introduction to Integration
  • FI501: Family as Faith Community
  • FI503: Advanced Integration Seminar
  • FI510: Integration Formation Group
  • FI540/840: Narrative and Family Life
  • FL501/801: Family Life Education
  • FL502: Parent Education and Guidance
  • FL504: Marriage and Interpersonal Relations
  • FL511: Advanced Family Life Education
  • FR501: Research Methods, Statistics, and Design
  • FS500: Family Systems Dynamics
  • FS506: Families in Contemporary Society
  • PF800: Introduction to Family Systems
  • PG850: Basic Methods of Research and Evaluation

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

Family systems theory, dynamics of clergy families, and marriage and family life education

Selected Publications

Books, authored or co-authored

  • Lee, C. (2015). Marriage PATH: Peacemaking at home for Christian couples. Pasadena, CA: Fuller Institute for Relationship Education.
  • Lee, C., & Furrow, J. (2013). Preparing couples for love and marriage: A pastor’s resource. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press.
  • Lee, C., & Fredrickson, K. (2012). That their work will be a joy: Understanding and coping with the challenges of ministry. Eugene, OR: Cascade.
  • Lee, C. (2004). Unexpected blessing: Living the countercultural reality of the Beatitudes. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. [A Korean language edition was released in 2007. Seoul, South Korea: Word of Life Press.].
  • Lee, C. (1998). Beyond family values: A call to Christian virtue. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press. [An Indonesian language edition was released in 2001. Surabaya, Indonesia: Binarupa Aksara.].
  • Lee, C. (1992). PK: Helping pastors’ kids through their identity crisis. Grand Rapids: Zondervan. [A Korean language edition, with a new foreword, was released in 2000. Seoul, South Korea: Korean Institute of Pastoral Counseling.].
  • Lee, C. & Balswick, J. (1989). Life in a glass house: The minister’s family in its unique social context. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan. [A reprint edition was released in 2006. Pasadena, CA: Fuller Seminary Press.]

Books, edited or co-edited

  • Dueck, A., & Lee, C. (Eds.). (2005). Why psychology needs theology: A Radical-Reformation perspective. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans.

Invited book chapters, articles, contributions

  • Lee, C. (2011). Teaching the right lesson: They will do as you do. In R. E. Keim & A. L Jacobson (Eds.), Wisdom for parents: Key ideas from parent educators (pp. 86-88). Whitby, Ontario, Canada: deSitter Publications.
  • Lee, C. (2011). Intentional parenting: What’s your goal? In R. E. Keim & A. L Jacobson (Eds.), Wisdom for parents: Key ideas from parent educators (pp. 88-90). Whitby, Ontario, Canada: deSitter Publications.
  • Lee, C. (2010). Integration and the Christian imagination. In G. Moriarty (Ed.), Integrating faith and psychology (pp. 246-264). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • Lee, C. (2009, Spring). Making peace in our families. Theology, News, and Notes 56(1), 7-9.
  • Lee, C., & Speidell, T. (2007). A covenant vision for ministering to contemporary families. Edification: The Journal of the Society for Christian Psychology, 1 (2), 73-80. (Essay book review).
  • Powell, K. E., Lee, C., & Crawford, C. (2007, Fall). Seniors speak out: The precarious transition from high school to college. Theology News and Notes, 54 (3), 4-5, 20.
  • Lee, C. (2006, Spring). Where do we go from here? Christian Reflections, 19, 88-93. (Essay book review).
  • Lee, C. (2006, Winter). To tell the old, old story: The narrative dimension of counseling and spirituality. Theology, News, and Notes, 53 (1): 18-19, 27.
  • Lee, C. (2002). Family systems epistemology: The evolution of a perspective on persons and relationships. In T. Speidell (Ed.), On being a person: A multidisciplinary approach to personality theories (pp. 243-295). Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock.
  • Lee, C. (2001). The postmodern turn in family therapy. Christian Counseling Today, 9(3), 16-19.
  • Lee, C. (2001). Discipline. In R. P. Stevens & R. Banks (Eds.), Thoughtful parenting: A manual of wisdom for home and family (pp. 96-99). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • Lee, C. (2001). Esteeming your spouse. Christian Counseling Today, 9(1), 28-31.
  • Lee, C. (2001). Family 3: Family pastoral care. In E. Fahlbusch, J. M. Lochman, J. Mbiti, J. Pelikan, & L. Vischer (Eds.), The encyclopedia of Christianity, Vol. 2, pp. 289-293. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans.
  • Lee, C. (2000, August). Understanding submission from a biblical perspective. First Evangelical Church Association Bulletin, 19-21.
  • Lee, C. (1998, April/May). What’s the meaning of all this? Pastor’s Family, 2, 12-15.
  • Lee, C. (1997, March). Christian parenting in the postmodern world. Theology News and Notes, 43(4), 10-12.
  • Lee, C. (1990). Toward an integrative theology of parent-child interaction. In C. Kettler & T. Speidell (Eds.), Incarnational ministry: The presence of Christ in church, society, and family. Colorado Springs: Helmers and Howard.
  • Lee, C. (1990, December). Growing up in a glass house. Theology News and Notes, 37(4), 17-20, 23.
  • Lee, C. (1990). Spouses and families of clergy. In R. Hunt, et al. (Eds.), Clergy assessment and career development. Nashville: Abingdon.
  • Lee, C. (1988). Journals in counseling and psychotherapy. In R. J. Hunter, et al. (Eds.), Dictionary of pastoral care and counseling. Nashville: Abingdon.


  • Kim, S.-H., Corbett, T. M., Strenger, N. R., & Lee, C. (2015, June 8). An Actor-Partner Interdependence analysis of the ABC-X model among clergy couples. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. DOI: 10.1037/rel0000031
  • Lee, C. (2010). Dispositional resiliency and adjustment in Protestant pastors: A pilot study. Pastoral Psychology, 59, 631-640.
  • Lee, C., Shields, C., & Oh, K. (2008). Theological education in a multicultural environment: Empowerment or disempowerment? Theological Education, 43(2), 91-103.
  • Powell, K., Crawford, C. A., & Lee, C. (2008). High school youth group seniors transitioning to college: Risk behavior, social support, religiosity, and attitude toward youth group. Christian Education Journal, 5, 47-59.
  • Lee, C. (2007). Patterns of stress and support among Adventist clergy: Do pastors and their spouses differ? Pastoral Psychology, 55, 761-771.
  • Lee, C. (2004). Agency and purpose in narrative therapy: Questioning the postmodern rejection of metanarrative. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 32, 221-231. [Reprinted in A. Dueck (Ed.), Integrating psychology and theology: Research and reflections (pp. 145-170). Pasadena, CA: Fuller Seminary Press.].
  • Han, J., & Lee, C. (2004). Ministry demand and stress among Korean-American pastors: A brief report. Pastoral Psychology, 52, 473-478.
  • Lee, C. & Iverson-Gilbert, J. (2003). Demand, support, and perception in family-related stress among Protestant clergy. Family Relations, 52, 249-257.
  • Schovanec, B. & Lee, C. (2001). Culture and divorce: The relationship of values and attitudes in a Protestant sample. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 36, 159-177.
  • Kang, B., & Lee, C. (2000). Differentiation of self and generational differences in the Korean immigrant church: A brief report. Family Ministry, 14 (4), 22-31.
  • Lee, C. & Early, A. (2000). Religiosity and family values: Correlates of God-image in a Protestant sample. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 28, 229-239.
  • Lee, C. (1999). Specifying intrusive demands and their outcomes in congregational ministry: A report on the Ministry Demands Inventory. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 38, 477-489.
  • Lee, C. (1995). Rethinking boundary ambiguity from an ecological perspective: Stress in Protestant clergy families. Family Process, 34, 75-86.
  • Lee, C. (1991). Parenting as discipleship: A contextual motif for Christian parent education. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 19, 268-277.
  • Lee, C. (1988). Theories of family adaptability: Toward a synthesis of Olson’s Circumplex and the Beavers Systems Models. Family Process, 27, 73-85.
  • Lee, C. (1988). Meta-commentary: On synthesis and fractionation in family theory and research. Family Process,27, 92-96.
  • Lee, C. (1988). The ecological context of family ministry: The Cambridge Model revisited. Pastoral Psychology, 37, 25-37.
  • Lee, C. (1988). Toward a social ecology of the minister’s family. Pastoral Psychology, 36, 249-259.
  • Lee, C. (1986). The dialogue of theology with experimental psychology: An historical prolegomenon. Studia Biblica et Theologica, 14, 145-174.
  • Lee, C. (1985). The good enough family. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 13, 182-189.

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