Francisco Herrera


BM, University of Missouri-Kansas City / MDiv, Chicago Theological Seminary / ThM, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago / Ph.D., Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (Present)


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


The focus of all of Francisco’s love and labor is to make spaces where people from every background and story – immigrant, Latinx, African American, Indigenous, and LGBTQ backgrounds, people living with disabilities, etc. – can come together and understand how their stories can heal, strengthen, and act as the foundation of new, highly-attentive communities in a kind of “mestizaje integral.” As an academic he has coordinated conferences and revivals on decolonization and the church; as a teacher he regularly uses ritual, music, slam poetry, and drawing in his lectures to demonstrate postcolonial pedagogical and study methods; and as an activist he regularly coordinates direct action and fundraising for the sake of any and all efforts to bring justice to and heal God’s fractured creation.