Francisco J. García, Jr.
BA, University of California Los Angeles / MA in Urban Planning, University of California Los Angeles / MA in Latin American Studies, University of California Los Angeles / MDiv, Claremont School of Theology / PhD, Vanderbilt University (Present)
Francisco is a PhD Student in Theological Studies, Ethics and Action at Vanderbilt University in the Graduate Department of Religion, and a Graduate Research Fellow at the Wendland-Cook Program in Religion and Justice at Vanderbilt Divinity School. He also serves part-time as an Assistant Chaplain at St. Augustine’s Episcopal Chapel in Nashville. As an Episcopal priest, labor and community organizer, Francisco’s work over the last ten years has centered around congregation-based ministry and interfaith community organizing around immigrant rights, housing rights, and racial and economic justice issues in greater Los Angeles. His doctoral research project entails developing theologies and ecclesiologies rooted in the organizing, social movement, and liberative faith traditions, informed by his own Chicano/Latin@/x background, in order to better equip communities of faith to address the pressing justice issues of our time.