The journey of one transgender Latina in the church

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Nicole Garcia, a transgender Christian from Denver, Colo., is studying at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn.,  to become a pastor. Religion News Service photo by Judy Griesedieck

Nicole Garcia, a transgender Christian from Denver, Colo., is studying at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., to become a pastor. Religion News Service photo by Judy Griesedieck

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(RNS) Nicole Garcia says she was "a good Catholic boy" when she was in her teens. Today, she is a candidate for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. She is on track to be the denomination’s first transgender clergyperson of color.

  • Doug King

    I’m proud to know Nicole and call her a friend.

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  • Dee Omally

    Doug, please let me know how I can contact Nicole or do I go through the Luther Seminary. When I read her bio, I found many parallels: trans + 50+ + public safety background (and I’m also a military vet).

    I have a deep faith in the personal God and I believe the greatest joy is to lead others to the same faith.

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  • Nadia

    Great piece!
    I love you Nicci! You’re amazing and are going to be a powerful pastor and this church needs you. Loved having you at church Sunday and see you tomorrow! -NBW

  • Michelle

    Tell Nicole I just got hired as a resident chaplain – only for a year- for $33,00 with great benefits at a VA hospital with future job possibilities. I am not transgendered but I am 68 and just went back to seminary after 2 units iof CPE which I was inspired to do after reading Pastrux- just saying. And they didn’t care how old I was.

  • Jen

    I attended St. Paul Denver a few years ago and heard Nicole speak. She greatly expanded my worldview, and I was greatly moved by that workshop. Thank you, Nicole! Congratulations and blessings on this next step!

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