Dr. Leopoldo A. Sánchez M. is the Werner R. H. and Elizabeth R. Krause Professor of Hispanic Ministries at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.
A faculty member since 2004, he is professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Seminary’s Center for Hispanic Studies.
He received his Doctor of Philosophy from Concordia Seminary (2003) and his Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Ind. (1999). He holds a bachelor’s degree from Concordia University Wisconsin in 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 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 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. 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 in pneumatology (Holy Spirit), Spirit Christology, sanctification, issues in Hispanic ministries (especially immigration and the intersection of theology and culture) and Trinitarian theology.
Sánchez teaches regularly in the United States and abroad. He has delivered courses and workshops in Brazil, Cuba, India, Ghana, Chile, Panama, Argentina and Venezuela. He has participated in various colloquies on pedagogy through the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion.
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 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.
Pneumatology (Holy Spirit)
Issues in Hispanic ministries (especially immigration and the intersection of theology and culture)