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
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
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: Theology: Spirituality:
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
Latino/a Global Studies:
“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.