Danny Ballon-Garst

Credentials: BA, University of Southern California / JD, University of Southern California / MTS, Harvard Divinity School / PhD, Emory University (Present)

Denomination: Metropolitan Community Church (MCC), also known as the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches (UFMCC), is an international Protestant Christian denomination

Specific Field: Religion and Society


The grandson of agricultural workers and day laborers, Danny was born and raised in San Diego, California, along the San Ysidro/Tijuana border, where his dad pastored an Apostolic church. As a scholar, Danny is interested in studying the relationship between religion and social change, and he pursues his research questions primarily through a historical lens. In his doctoral studies, Danny will conduct a historical study of black and brown queer Pentecostals and Evangelicals in the United States in the twentieth century, drawing connections from these historical movements and actors to current queer religious movements, including queer transnational religious movements in sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. Prior to pursuing a career in academia, Danny practiced law at the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and at a corporate law firm in Los Angeles.