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

Javier Garcia, PhD

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Associate Director for Student Engagement and Enrollment, William Penn Honors Program


Office: Pennington House, PHS 204

PhD, University of Cambridge
MPhil, University of Cambridge
BA, Georgetown University

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

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 M.Phil Prize in Theology and Religious Studies (2011). His doctoral dissertation focused on the theology of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, specifically on the ecumenical nature of his doctrine of the church and its continued relevance for today. Prior to his studies in Cambridge, he graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University, majoring in philosophy and French.

He has published in  Lutheran Quarterly (2013), Galatians and Christian Theology: Justification, the Gospel, and Ethics in Paul's Letter (Baker Academic Press, 2014), and  The Kuyper Center Review, Vol. 5 (2015). Dr. Garcia is a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, where he is involved in the Global Pentecostalism Project. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and has presented research papers at universities in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.