HTI Alumni

Leopoldo A. Sánchez

Leopoldo A. Sánchez

Director of Center for Hispanic Studies, The Werner R.H. and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries, Full Professor of Systematic Theology, Concordia Seminary

Dr. Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. is the Werner R. H. and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. A Concordia faculty member since 2004, he teaches systematic theology and is director of the Center for Hispanic Studies.

He received his Doctor of Philosophy from Concordia Seminary (2003) and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind. (1999). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon (1995).

Dr. Sánchez’s primary research interests are in the theology of the Holy Spirit, sanctification, and issues of interest to Hispanic/Latino communities such as immigration and the intersection of theology and culture. In 2016, he was awarded a Sabbatical Grant for Researchers from The Louisville Institute.

Sánchez’s published work includes Receiver, Bearer, and Giver of God’s Spirit: Jesus’ Life in the Spirit as a Lens for Theology and Life (Pickwick); Immigrant Neighbors Among Us: Immigration across Theological Traditions (Pickwick), which he co-edited with M. Daniel Carroll R.; Teología de la santificación (Concordia Publishing House, CPH); and Pneumatología (CPH). He has written articles for books and journals, including essays on immigration for Secular Governance: Lutheran Perspectives on Contemporary Legal Issues (Wm. B. Eerdmans), on pneumatology for Third Article Theology: A Pneumatological Dogmatics (Fortress) and on Lutheran identity for Our 95 Theses: 500 Years after the Reformation (AETH). He is currently writing on a book under contract tentatively entitled Sculptor Spirit for InterVarsity Press.

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).

Dr. Sánchez serves in his congregation as a catechist. In the community, he is Principal Double-Bass player with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra.