Bishop Lee has served as bishop of the Diocese of Virginia; chair of the Church Pension Fund board; trustee of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale; 17 years as chair of the board of trustees for Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria; board member for the National Alliance to End Homelessness. He also served on the advisory committee to the Anglican Observer at the United Nations and on the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief (forerunner to Episcopal Relief & Development). Following his service with the Diocese of Virginia, Bishop Lee served as Interim Dean of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, of General Theological Seminary, and of the American Cathedral in Paris.
Bishop Lee was born in Mississippi and raised in Florida. After a stint in law school, as a newspaper reporter, and as a military intelligence officer, Lee began his ministry at an urban cathedral in Jacksonville, Florida. After his diaconal year, he became an assistant at St. John’s Episcopal Church Lafayette Square in Washington, DC. He was rector of Chapel of the Cross, Chapel Hill, North Carolina from 1971–1984, the year in which he was elected Bishop Coadjutor of the Diocese of Virginia.
Lee graduated magna cum laude from Washington and Lee University, and studied law at Duke University. He earned a Master of Divinity degree from Virginia Theological Seminary in 1967.
He is married to Kristina Knapp Lee. They have two children and five grandchildren.