Ph.D., Concordia Seminary
M.Div., Concordia Theological Seminary
B.A., Concordia University Wisconsin
As Director of the Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS), Dr. Leopoldo (Leo) Sánchez oversees, leads, and partners with Concordia Seminary (CS) faculty, as well as a team of Spanish-speaking staff, instructors, and regional coordinators from across the U.S. in the development and implementation of Spanish-language lay theological education, ministerial formation, and graduate programs, as well as research and continuing education initiatives for Hispanic/Latino constituencies. He has been able to establish a M.A. in theology track in the Spanish language at CS, and regularly invites prominent Hispanic scholars to the CHS Annual Lecture at CS. Dr. Sánchez researches a wide range of classic and current topics in theology/religion and seeks to present them in engaging language and formats. Main interests are in pneumatology (doctrine of the Holy Spirit), Trinitarian theology, sanctification, and issues related to Hispanic/Latino theology and missions, such as immigration. His dissertation explores the productivity of Spirit-Christology as a theological model for discussing issues in Christology, Trinitarian theology, and the proclamation of the Word. He has taught doctoral seminars in the areas of Trinitarian Theology, Spirit-Christology, Pneumatology, and Roman Catholic Theology Today. 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). Outside of the immediate Seminary setting, Sánchez regularly speaks at pastors’ conferences and congregational settings in the U.S. and abroad. He has taught courses, given workshops, and presented at theological conferences in Argentina, Indonesia, Cuba, Venezuela, Chile, Panama, Ghana, and India. In terms of serious hobbies, Leo is a double-bass player with the St. Louis Civic Orchestra, plays jazz and Latin bass gigs once in a while, and takes classes in or reads books on music history and theory for fun. Sánchez has given workshops on the intersection between theology and music tailored particularly to church musicians. He lives in St. Louis with his wife Tracy Lynn and their two children, Lucas Antonio and Ana Victoria.