Nicole Garcia

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Nicole Garcia

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Longmont, CO


Nicole M. Garcia (she/her/hers) self-identifies as an out and proud transgender Latina of faith. Nicole has a Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of Colorado Denver and is a Nationally Certified Counselor. She is a gender specialist in private practice.


Nicole is a Candidate for Ordained Ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Nicole is pursuing a Master of Divinity through a Distributed Learning program at Luther Seminary in St. Paul MN. Nicole hopes to earn her M. Div. and be approved for ordination in the fall of 2018.


Nicole has been featured in an article by the Religious News Service which was picked up by The Huffington Post, Washington Post, and The Christian Century. She was also interviewed for a podcast on Religion for Life. Nicole has had recent articles posted in the New York Times and OnFaith by faithstreet.com. Nicole has been a keynote speaker, facilitated workshops, and/or participated in panels concerning gender identity and spirituality in Boston, Charlotte, Duluth, Houston, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Nashville, Philadelphia, San Francisco, St. Paul, Washington D.C., and throughout the state of Colorado.


Nicole credits the opportunities she has been given to pursue her career as a gender specialist and as a Candidate for Ordained Ministry in the ELCA to the people who blazed the trail for inclusion of the LGBT community in the church and society.

Historical Commentary

Nicole was a member of the 2015 Trans Seminarian Cohort, a partnership between the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA, the Freedom Center for Social Justice in Charlotte, NC, and the National LGBTQ Task Force.

Archival Record

Stole Number: 1232

Honoree(s): Nicole Garcia

Donor(s): Nicole Garcia

Geographical Designation: Longmont, CO / USA

Faith Tradition: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America / Roman Catholic Church

Donation Date: 2015

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