For twenty-five years, Father Christopher served in the U.S. Army as an intelligence officer and later as a member of the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. His career took him to Korea, Germany, several U.S. posts, and to Saudi Arabia and Iraq for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Assignments at the Pentagon brought the Garcia family to Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, Burke, Virginia, which sponsored him for ordination.
Father Christopher earned undergraduate, M.B.A, and law degrees from Cornell University. His seminary education was at Virginia Theological Seminary, in Alexandria, Virginia. During seminary, he served at Washington Hospital Center; Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church, Purcellville; and Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, Arlington.
In August of 2013 the vestry of Emmanuel Episcopal Church elected the Rev. Christopher M. Garcia as rector. Father Christopher was previously at Christ Church, Georgetown, in the Diocese of Washington, where he served as Assistant to the Rector.
At Christ Church, Father Christopher shared in all aspects of parish ministry, with a focus on youth and family ministry. He served at Christ Church for just over three years.
Father Christopher met his wife, Cheryl, while both were in law school, and they have been married for over 25 years. They have two adult children, Elizabeth, who teaches music at a KIPP school in Arkansas, and Thomas, a student at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg.