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It is with a heavy heart that we share the news that the Rev. Dr. David Thaddeus Lee passed from this life on January 22, 2021, from cancer. He was 65 years old, born on August 14, 1955. Dr. Dave, as he was affectionately called by many, served as Pastor of Highlands United Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville for 24 years. Even as we grieve, we remember with confidence and gratitude that he has entered the joy of Life Eternal with our gracious and loving God.


Before he was called to Highlands in 1996, Dr. Dave served two churches in North Carolina. He received both an M.Div. degree and a D. Min. degree from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, and was ordained by Salem Presbytery in 1981.


Watching David in the kitchen at Logos, hearing his sermons, seeing him baptize a child of the congregation, serving with him as a friend and colleague in the presbytery, was to witness a life wholly devoted to God and serving God’s people of all ages. His prophetic and inspiring preaching and his deep compassion for justice locally and globally are deeply implanted in the mission and vision of Highlands United Presbyterian Church. In 2016, David was named the Parish Pastor of the Year by the Academy of Parish Clergy. In the spring of 2020, David was a pastor to the pastors of this presbytery as he hosted regular meetings for prayer and the sharing of joys and concerns, including an opening devotional that he would offer for our strength and inspiration.


“In our acts or praise, our enthusiastic prayers, our music, the preaching of the Word, and our honored participation in the sacraments,” David wrote, “we are granted the opportunity to take part in our most important calling – the worship of God.”


A service of worship and witness to the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and his servant, Rev. Dr. David Thaddeus Lee was held on Saturday, January 30, at 11:00 am by Zoom. Those who were unable to attend are able to watch the service recording using the link below:


Memorial Service Recording


As we joyfully affirm our faith in the resurrection and Eternal Life in Christ Jesus, we also give thanks for David’s life and lift our prayers for his wife, Susan, for David and Susan’s extended family, and the Highlands family in their time of grief and loss.


Expressions of sympathy and compassion may be sent to the family through the church:

Highlands United Presbyterian Church

10900 McCormick Road/ Jacksonville, FL 32225

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be given in Dr. Dave's honor to Highlands United Presbyterian Church. 

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