At the crossroads of theological formation, service, and scholarship
Javier Garcia

Javier Garcia, PhD

Associate Director, William Penn Honors Program

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies


Javier Garcia, PhD
Assistant Director, William Penn Honors Program
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
PhD, University of Cambridge
MPhil, University of Cambridge
BA, Georgetown University

"As the associate director of student engagement and enrollment, I really appreciate building relationships with prospective and current students in the program. I am humbled by the opportunity to teach such bright students who are eager to learn and grow in their faith."

Teaching and Research Interests: Modern theology, ecclesiology, questions in Lutheran and Reformed dogmatics, Pentecostalism, Christianity in Latin America, Great Books

Dr. Javier Garcia joined the faculty at George Fox in 2016. He completed his PhD at the University of Cambridge (2016), where he received a full scholarship from the oldest college, Peterhouse, and was awarded the MPhil Prize in Theology and Religious Studies (2011). Prior to his studies in Cambridge, he graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University, majoring in philosophy and French.

His first book, Recovering the Ecumenical Bonhoeffer: Thinking after the Tradition (Lexington Books/Fortress Academic, 2019), explores how Bonhoeffer's understanding of the church and commitment to Christian unity are especially relevant today. He is currently writing a second book, which will serve as an introduction to Bonhoeffer's theology for first-time readers (Baker Academic, anticipated 2022). In addition, he has published in peer-reviewed journals and monographs, including Lutheran Quarterly (2013), Galatians and Christian Theology: Justification, the Gospel, and Ethics in Paul's Letter (Baker Academic Press, 2014), The Kuyper Center Review (2015), and Journal of Reformed Theology (2018). Dr. Garcia is a member of the American Academy of Religion, a member of the Board of the International Bonhoeffer Society (English Language Section), and has presented numerous research papers at universities in the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa, and the United States.