Oscar García-Johnson | The prophetic challenge of Latin American and Hispanic faith and theology

Jan 30, 20170 comments

Oscar García-Johnson and Graham Hill discuss “The prophetic challenge of Latin American and Hispanic faith and theology.”

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.

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