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Leopoldo A. Sánchez

Leopoldo A. Sánchez

Director of the Center for Hispanic Studies | Ministerial Formation Professor of Systematic Theology | Werner R. H. and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries Full Professor of Systematic Theology Concordia Seminary

Field of Study: Systematic Theology 

Dr. Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. is the Werner R.H. Krause and Elizabeth Ringger Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries, professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Center for Hispanic Studies at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. He has been a faculty member since 2004.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from Concordia Seminary (2003) and his Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1999). He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in theology from Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon (1995).

Sánchez’s published work includes T&T Clark Introduction to Spirit Christology (T&T Clark, 2021); Sculptor Spirit: Models of Sanctification from Spirit Christology (IVP Academic, 2019); Receiver, Bearer, and Giver of God’s Spirit: Jesus’ Life in the Spirit as a Lens for Theology and Life (Pickwick Publications, 2015); Immigrant Neighbors among Us: Immigration across Theological Traditions (Pickwick Publications, 2015), which he co-edited with M. Daniel Carroll R.; Escatología: La esperanza cristiana (Concordia Publishing House, 2020); Teología de la santificación: La espiritualidad del cristiano (Concordia Publishing House, 2013); and Pneumatología: El espíritu santo y la espiritualidad de la iglesia (Concordia Publishing House, 2005). He has written numerous articles for books and journals, including essays on immigration for On Secular Governance: Lutheran Perspectives on Contemporary Legal Issues (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2016), on pneumatology for Third Article Theology: A Pneumatological Dogmatics (Fortress Press, 2016) and on Lutheran identity for Nuestras 95 tesis: A quinientos años de la Reforma (Abingdon Press/AETH, 2016).

As a doctoral student, he was the recipient of a three-year grant from the Hispanic Theological Initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. In 2016, he was awarded a sabbatical grant from the prestigious Louisville Institute in Louisville, Ky. That same year, he also received the Associated Church Press Award of Excellence in the “Theological or Scholarly Article” category for his 2015 Concordia Journal article “Can Anything Good Come Out of _______? Come and See!” His primary research interests are pneumatology (Holy Spirit), Spirit Christology, Trinitarian theology, sanctification, issues in Hispanic ministries (especially immigration and the intersection of theology and culture) and Global South Christianity.

Sánchez teaches regularly in the United States and abroad. He has delivered courses and workshops in Uganda, Ethiopia, Brazil, Cuba, India, Ghana, Chile, Panama, Argentina and Venezuela. He has participated in and led various colloquies and discussions on pedagogy through the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion in Crawfordsville, Ind., and is an advisory board member of the Vital Worship Grants Program at the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship in Grand Rapids, Mich. He serves as a mentor for Latin American and U.S. Hispanic doctoral students through the Hispanic Theological Initiative Consortium in Princeton, N.J., and is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Hispanic/Latino Theology.

Sánchez served as the main drafter for The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) Commission on Theology and Church Relations report Immigrants among Us: A Lutheran Framework for Addressing Immigration Issues (2012). He served as president of the LCMS’ Fifth National Hispanic Convention (2012–15), the Hispanic Convention’s vice president in the previous triennium (2009–12), and chairman of Lutherans in Medical Missions (2012–16), an LCMS Recognized Service Organization. He also has served organizations such as the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Lutheran Hour Ministries, and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service as a theological consultant for various projects.

In the community, Sánchez is principal double bass player with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra. He also enjoys swimming and international cooking. Sánchez and his wife, Tracy Lynn, have two children, Lucas Antonio and Ana Victoria.