Oscar García-Johnson

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

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626-584-5586 ext. 5390
BA, University of La Verne
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Biographical Information

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.

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

Areas of Expertise, Research, Writing, and Teaching

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



  • With Milton Acosta (eds.). Conversaciones Teológicas del Sur Global Americano: Violencia, Desplazamiento y Fe [Theological Conversations in the American Global South: Violence, Displacement, and Faith]. Puertas Abiertas/Wipf & Stock, 2016.
  • With William Dyrness. Theology Without Borders: Introduction to Global Conversations. Baker Academic, December 1, 2015.
  • Jesús, Hazme Como Tú: Cuarenta Maneras De Imitar a Cristo [Jesus, Make Me Like You: Forty Ways to Imitate Christ]. Colombia: Editorial Kerigma, 2010.
  • Mestizo/a Community of the Spirit: A Postmodern Latino/a Ecclesiology. Princeton Theological Monograph Series. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2009.
  • Spirit Outside the Gate: Pneumatology from the American Global South. IVP Academic (forthcoming 2017)


  • “In Search for Indigenous Pneumatologies in the Americas” in Pneumatology in the Majority World., edited by Gene Green, Stephen Purdue, and K.K. Yeo. Eerdmans. 2016.
  • “Teología y Distopía: En Busca de una Iglesia Desvictimizante en las Américas” [Theology and Dystopia: In Search for a De-Victimizing Church in the Americas]” in Conversaciones Teológicas del Sur Global Americano. edited by Oscar Garcia-Johnson and Milton Acosta (Puertas Abiertas–Wifp & Stock). 2016.
  • “Paradigmas Anti-Transformadores de la Iglesia Latina” in La Iglesia Evangélica Hispana en los Estados Unidos. Samuel Pagán, ed. Elk Grove, CA: National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, 2016.
  • “Mission within Hybrid Cultures: Transnationality and the Glocal Church.” In The Gospel after Christendom: New Voices, New Cultures, New Expressions, edited by Ryan K. Bolger. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2012.
  • “La Educación Teológica como Herramienta Del Espíritu [Theological Education as a Tool of the Spirit].” In Pasando La Antorcha, edited by Eduardo Font. Colombia: Editorial Kerigma, 2005.
  • “Las Iglesias Latinas y el Nuevo Denominacionalismo Estadounidense: Una Perspectiva Glocal [Latino/a Churches and the New American Denominationalism: A Glocal Perspective].” In Vivir y Servir en el Exilio: Lecturas Teológicas de la Experiencia Latina en los Estados Unidos, edited by Jorge Maldonado and Juan F. Martínez. Argentina: Ediciones Kairós, 2008.
  • “The Church Driven by the Spirit: The Immigrant Difference.” The Christian Citizen. The American Baptist Home Mission Society, in press.
  • “Antitransformational Paradigms of the Latino Church.” Journal of Latin American Theology 10, no. 1 (2015): 35-61.
  • With Peter Cha, “Theological Education in Pastoral Formation.” Common Ground Journal 12, no. 1 (2015): 90-96.
  • Evangélicos and the Shift in the Manifest Destiny.” Fuller magazine. Fuller Theological Seminary, issue 2 (2015): 59.
  • “Retheologizing Las Américas: A Transoccidental Approach.” Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology 19, no. 2 (2014): 9-24.
  • “Review of Introducción al Pentecostalismo: Manda Fuego, Señor, by Eldin Villafañe.” Pneuma: The Journal of the Society for Pentecostal Studies 36, no. 1 (2014): 17-19.
  • “Eucaristía de Comunión: Sacramento de la Iglesia Glocal [Eucharist of Communion: Sacrament of the Glocal Church].” Vida y Pensamiento 33, no. 1 (2013): 125-59.
  • “The Ubunto Principle and Philippians 2:1-11.” Theology, News & Notes, Fuller Theological Seminary, Fall 2013, 11.
  • “Confesiones de un Ministro: Una Lectura Pastoral de 2 Corintios 6:3–13 [Confessions of a Minister: A Pastoral Reading of 2 Corinthians 6:3–13].” IBALS, Enero 2013 [IBALS is a denominational newspaper of the American Baptist Latino Churches of the Southwest].
  • “The Significance of the Cross in Latino/a Perspective.” Theology, News & Notes, Fuller Theological Seminary, Fall 2012, 21–25.
  • “Review of Farm Workers and the Churches: The Movement in California and Texas, by Allan Watt.” New Mexico Historical Review 87, no. 2 (2012): 259–60.
  • “Latinidad.” In Hispanic American Religious Cultures, edited by Miguel De La Torre. 2 vols. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2009.

Forthcoming (under contract)

  • “Pilgrimage.” In The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology, edited by Daniel Treier and Walter Elwell. 3rd ed. Baker Academic. Submitted in Summer 2015.
  • “The Rise of Evangelical and Pentecostal Christianity in the Political Arena,” in T&T Clark Companion to Political Theology. T&T Clark, 2018.
  • “The Logic of Coloniality/Modernity” in The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.
  • “Transoccidentalism” in The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.
  • “Geopolitics of Knowledge” in The Encyclopedia of Christianity in the Global South. Rowman & Littlefield, 2018.

Additional Information

Dr. García-Johnson’s CV

Grants and Awards:

  • 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

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