Pastor Freddie Garcia, founder of Victory Fellowship in San Antonio, Texas, was known for accepting the very people others gave up on. A former drug addict himself, Pastor Garcia approached broken lives with humility and determination. Today, Heritage remembers his life as one of great faith and self-sacrifice.
Faith-based and community groups across the country recognize Pastor Garcia and Victory Fellowship as the moral center of the faith-based movement. Over the course of four decades, 13,500 addicts were transformed into men of integrity and service. Out of this, recovered substance abusers established more than 70 satellite centers in New Mexico, Texas, Puerto Rico, Peru, Cuba, and other Latin American countries. These remarkable outcomes represent the lasting public good that can result from one private citizen’s action.
Pastor Freddie Garcia’s life is testament to the civil society we seek to honor and uphold here at The Heritage Foundation. While we mourn the loss of this American hero, we celebrate the life that has left an example for countless Americans to follow.