A Top-Tier, Christ-Centered Experience

Welcome to Lee University, in scenic southeast Tennessee, where the Tennessee River carves through the Appalachian foothills. We offer well over 150 programs of study from associates to doctoral degrees, but our original focus – and still our mission more than a century later – is to create a safe but challenging environment in which our students can develop and prepare for a complex and demanding world.


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Lee University, Cleveland TN

Rachel Marie Smith

Rachel Marie Smith is a senior bi-vocational theology and pastoral ministry double major from Easton, Pennsylvania. She came to Lee after a recommendation from her pastor and a visit to campus her junior year of high school. At Lee, Rachel is a student worker for campus ministries and a teacher’s assistant for Dr. Terry Cross and Dr. Skip Jenkins in the School of Religion. She has been a Poiema Ministry Scholar and received the Honors Scholarship all four years. When she first started, Rachel was a little nervous about going into ministry, but now she is grateful for how her professors and peers have “been nothing but supportive” and shown her that she does have a place in church leadership. Upon graduation, Rachel plans to move back to Pennsylvania, pursue full-time ministry, and eventually earn her Ordained Ministry License and a Master of Divinity degree.

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