Oscar García-Johnson

Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology and Latino/a StudiesSchool of Theology

Contact Information
626-584-5390
Education
BA, University of La Verne
MA, Fuller Theological Seminary
PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary

Prior to joining the Fuller faculty in 2008, Oscar García-Johnson taught for ten yeas as an adjunct faculty at Fuller. He also served as a regional minister with the American Baptist Churches of Los Angeles for eleven years and planted four new churches in southern California.

Born in Honduras to a Honduran-Salvadorian father and a Honduran-British mother, 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’s teaching languages are English, Spanish, and Portuguese. His research methodology takes seriously the study of oral traditions among non-Western sources in creative tension with classical Western analysis. His writings include ¡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, 2008) 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 Rethinking Global Theology (Baker Academic) and Teología Cristiana en las Américas: Una perspectiva Transoccidental para la Iglesia (CLIE) are forthcoming.

In addition to teaching courses at Fuller, García-Johnson lectures on religion at the University of La Verne and 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. His commitment to leadership development among the second and third generations of Latinos/as led him to found Omega Generation, a mentorship program targeting Latino/a young adults labeled generation “Ñ,” an alternative description to “Millennials” in the Anglo-American context.

He is a member of the Fraternidad Teológica Latinoamericana, The American Academy of Religion, La Asociación para la Educación Teológica Hispana, and the Society of Race, Ethnicity and Religion.

Courses Taught

  • CF531: Educación Cristiana y Diversidad Étnica
  • ET501: Ética Cristiana
  • GM509: Bases del Ministerio
  • GM578: Ministerios Urbanos Hispanos
  • 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

U.S. Latino/a theology, Latin American Christianity, transnational studies, church leadership and ministry, glocal spiritualities, mestizaje and hybridity, glocality, postcolonial theories, transwestern/transatlantic approaches

Publications

Books

  • 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.
Chapters
  • “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.
Articles
  • “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.

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