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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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 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, 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 interlaces postcolonial studies, classical theologies, and US Latino/Latin American studies into a critical hermeneutics he calls transoccidentalism. His writings include 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 Global South (IVP Academic) and Conversaciones Teológicas del Sur Global Americano: Violencia, Desplazamiento y Fe, coedited with Milton Acosta (Puertas Abiertas/Wipf & Stock) 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 and the United States. He is committed to facilitating environments for effective learning 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 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
  • 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

US Latino/a theology, US Latino(a)/Latin American studies, de-/post-colonial studies, church leadership and ministry, Latin American spiritualities, systematic theologies



  • 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.
  • “In Search for Indigenous Pneumatologies in the Americas” in Pneumatology in the Majority World, edited by Gene Green, Stephen Purdue, and K. K. Yeo. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, November 4, 2015.
  • “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.

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