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 forNuestras 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.