DR. LEOPOLDO A. SÁNCHEZ M. is the Werner R. H. and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries. A Concordia faculty member since 2004, he is associate professor of systematic theology and 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).
Sánchez’s published work includes Receiver, Bearer, and Giver of God’s Spirit (Pickwick); Immigrant Neighbors Among Us (Pickwick), which he co-edited with M. Daniel Carroll R.; Teología de la santificación (Concordia Publishing House, CPH); and Pneumatología (CPH). He has written numerous articles for books and journals, including upcoming essays on immigration for Secular Governance: Lutheran Perspectives on Contemporary Legal Issues (Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company), on pneumatology for Third Article Theology: A Pneumatological Dogmatics (Fortress) and on Lutheran identity for Nuestras 95 tesis: A quinientos años de la Reforma (Abingdon/AETH).
As a doctoral student he was the recipient of a three-year grant from the Hispanic Theological Initiative of The Pew Charitable Trusts. His primary research interests are in pneumatology (Holy Spirit), Spirit Christology, sanctification, issues in Hispanic ministries (especially immigration) and Trinitarian theology.
In addition to his Seminary work, 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) and is now chairman of Lutherans in Medical Missions, an LCMS Recognized Service Organization.
Sánchez and his wife, Tracy Lynn, have two children, Lucas Antonio and Ana Victoria.
- Director of Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS)
- The Werner R. H. Krause and Elizabeth Ringger Krause Endowed Chair of Hispanic Ministries
- Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
- B.A., Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis.
- M.Div., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
- Ph.D., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
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- S100 Lutheran Mind*
- S115 Systematics I*
- S116 Systematics II*
- S117 Systematics III*
- S410 The Holy Spirit
- S470 Trends in Modern Theology (Roman Catholic Theology Today)
- S403, S802 The Trinity
- S870 Seminar in Contemporary Theology (Spirit Christology, Roman Catholic Theology Today)*These courses are also regularly taught in Spanish through Concordia Seminary’s Center for Hispanic Studies
- “Anointed with the Spirit: Missionary Implications of a Spirit-Christology”
- “On Lutheran Spirituality: Oratio, Meditatio, Tentatio as the Work of Christ’s Spirit”
- “Towards a Theology of the Gifts of the Spirit and Its Implications for the Church”
- “No hablo español!: Realistic Steps Towards Meaningful Outreach to Latinos in the U.S.”
- “An Introduction to Latin American and U.S. Hispanic Theologies”
- “A Lutheran Approach to the Poor: A Case Study on the Two Kinds of Righteousness”
- “On the Virgin of Guadalupe: On the Relationship Between Gospel and Culture”
- “Reflections on Immigration: A Case Study on Vocation and the Two Kingdoms”
- “The Church in the Borderlands: Ecclesiology from the Margins”
- “Towards a Lutheran Theology and Practice of Prayer and Vocation”
Links to Resources
- Pneumatología: El Espíritu Santo y la espiritualidad de la iglesia (St. Louis, Missouri: Editorial Concordia, 2005)
- “Do Divine Election and Human Justification Still Matter to the World?—Making Room for the Broader Anthropological Significance of Traditional Doctrines,” Testamentum Imperium 2 (2009): 1-17.
- “Toward an Ecclesiology of Catholic Unity and Mission in the Borderlands: Reflections from a Lutheran Latino Theologian,” Concordia Journal 35/1 (2009): 17-34.
- “Praying to God the Father in the Spirit: Reclaiming the Church’s Participation in the Son’s Prayer Life,” Concordia Journal 32/3 (2006): 274-295.
- “What Does Japan Have To Do With Either Latin America Or U.S. Hispanics?: Reading Kazoh Kitamori’s ‘Theology of the Pain of God’ From A Latino Perspective,” Missio Apostolica 12/1 (2004): 36-47.
- “God against Us and for Us: Preaching Jesus in the Spirit,” Word & World 24/2 (2003): 134-145.