Oscar García-Johnson

Associate Dean for the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community, Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/a Studies

BA, University of La Verne
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Courses Taught

CF531: Educación Cristiana y Diversidad Étnica

ET501: Ética Cristiana

GM509: Bases del Ministerio

GM578: Ministerios Urbanos Hispanos

HT501: Entendimiento de Dios y Cristo en la Reflexión de la Iglesia

HT503: Entendimiento de Iglesia, Humanidad y Vida Cristiana en la Reflexión de la Iglesia

MT501: Doing Global Theology (English & Spanish)

OD722: Lideres Latinos en un Mundo Multicultural

OD729: Theology and Ministry in Urban Contexts

OD777: Biblical/Missional Transformation

ST501: Teología Sistemática 1: Teología y Antropología

ST502: Teología Sistemática 2: Cristología y Soteriología

ST503: Teología Sistemática 3: Pneumatología y Eclesiología

ST511: Orientación a Estudios Teológicos

ST555: Teología de la Comunidad Latina

TC521: Teología y Literatura Hispanoamericana

Campus Affiliations


ECF Faculty Grant (2015-16, 2014-2015)
Fellowship for Latino/a Faculty, Wabash Center (2012–2013)
Kern Faculty Grant for Online Teaching (2011–2012)
George Gay Fellowship 1997

Areas of Expertise

Latino/a Global Studies:
U.S. Latino/a theology, Latin American studies, transoccidental theory, transnational religion, hybrid cultures, de-colonial theories and literatures, globalization, Latino/a leadership theories for ministry

Theological method and postcolonial theory, theology and Latin American literature, transoccidental hermeneutics, systematic theology, critical ecclesiology, global theology, practical theology

Desert spirituality, indigenous spirituality in the Americas, Western spirituality from the Global American South

Current Research:
Geopolitics of theology and mission, border pneumatologies

“I believe God has called me to be a provocateur, inciter, mobilizer, helper; one who inspires a generation to transgress frontiers established by the status quo and become future-building leaders—leaders who do not wait for the future to be built for them but instead leaders called by God to build a future—a future rooted in faith.”


Oscar García-Johnson, associate professor of theology and Latino/a studies, assumed leadership of Fuller’s Centro Latino in October 2015 as associate dean for the Center for the Study of Hispanic Church and Community. Prior to joining the Fuller faculty in 2008, he taught for ten years as an adjunct faculty member at Fuller. He also served as a regional minister with the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles for 11 years and planted four new churches in Southern California.

Born in Honduras, García-Johnson immigrated to the United States as a young adult to complete a degree in electrical engineering. While in college, he committed to Jesus Christ and experienced a vocational conversion into philosophical and theological studies, leading him to a life that has commuted between the academia and the church.

García-Johnson teaches in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. His research methodology interlaces postcolonial studies, classical theologies, and US Latino/Latin American studies into a critical hermeneutic he calls transoccidentalism. His writings include Conversaciones Teológicas del Sur Global Americano, coedited (Puertas Abiertas/Wipf & Stock, 2016); Theology without Borders: Introduction to Global Conversations, coauthored with William Dyrness (Baker Academic, 2015); ¡Jesús, hazme como tú! 40 Maneras de Imitar a Cristo (Kerigma, 2010); The Mestizo/a Community of the Spirit: A Latino/a Postmodern Ecclesiology (Pickwick, 2009); and chapters in The Gospel after Christendom: New Voices, New Cultures, New Expressions (Baker Academic, 2012); Vivir y servir en el exilio: Lecturas teológicas de la experiencia latina en los Estados Unidos (Kairos, 2008), and Pasando la Antorcha (Kerigma, 2005). García-Johnson’s books Spirit Outside the Gate: Mission Pneumatology from the American Global South (IVP Academic) and The Illegal God: A Political Theology Without Borders/El Dios Ilegal: Una Teología Politica Sin Fronteras (Urban Loft Publishers) are forthcoming.

In addition to teaching courses at Fuller, García-Johnson is professor of doctrine and spirituality at Alberto Mottesi School of Evangelism, a respected Hispanic Bible school based in Santa Ana, California, that trains Latino/a leaders around the world. He offers conferences on leadership development and ministry across Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the United States. He is committed to facilitating environments for nurturing organic intellectuals and leaders, particularly among the second and third generations of Latinos/as, building space for intercultural dialogue, and for Latina women in ministry.

He is a member of the Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana, the American Academy of Religion, La Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana, and La Asociación de Académicos Evangélicos Hispanos.

Download Dr. García-Johnson’s CV, which includes a list of his current publications, here.

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