Ph.D., Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Mo.
M.Div., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind
B.A., Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, Wis
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, and issues related to Hispanic/Latino theology and missions. 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.
His publications include Pneumatología: El Espíritu Santo y la espiritualidad de la iglesia (St. Louis, Missouri: Editorial Concordia, 2005); entries on “immigration,” “salsa worship, and “presentation of children” in the recently published encyclopedia Hispanic American Religious Cultures, 2 vols. (Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, 2009); as well as articles in Concordia Journal, Missio Apostolica, and other journals (most recently on issues related to the contributions of the global South Christianity, including that of Hispanics, to ecclesiology). He is currently working on Teología de la santificación: La espiritualidad del cristiano, his second book for Editorial Concordia’s Biblioteca Teológica Concordia series, and an essay on Spirit-Christology as a model for ecumenical engagement for an upcoming festschrift in honor of Lutheran theologian Carl Braaten.
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. This coming summer (2011), Sánchez will be giving a workshop in Chicago 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.