The Walter Wangerin Jr. Excellence in Preaching Series for 2013-14 continues on Nov. 17th with the second speaker in the series. The Rev. Dr. Leopoldo Sánchez, the Werner R.H. Krause and Elizabeth Ringger Krause Endowed Chair for Hispanic Ministries at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, will preach. All Sunday morning services in the preaching series begin at 10 a.m. at the Chapel.
Dr. Sánchez was born in Concepción, Chile and raised in Panama City, Republic of Panama, where he attended the Instituto Episcopal San Cristóbal. After spending a couple of years with a Lutheran family of farmers in the state of Iowa as a high school foreign exchange student, he became a communicant member of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. After completing studies in theology, psychology, and music at Concordia University Wisconsin, he finished his M.Div. at Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, where he majored in historical theology.
Dr. Sánchez has worked with local churches in Caracas, Venezuela and San José, Calif. He received his Ph.D. from Concordia Seminary (2003). As a doctoral student, he was the recipient of a 3-year grant from the Hispanic Theological Initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts. Dr. Sánchez has been teaching systematic theology at Concordia Seminary since 2004 and was appointed Director of its Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) in 2006 and The Werner R.H. and Elizabeth Ringger Krause Chair for Hispanic Ministries in 2007. As CHS Director, he oversees, leads, and partners with CSL 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 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 publications includePneumatología: 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. He is currently working on Oración y Vocación, his second book for Editorial Concordia’s Biblioteca Teológica Concordia series, and an essay for an upcoming festschrift in honor of Lutheran theologian Carl Braaten.
Outside of the immediate Seminary setting, Dr. Sánchez regularly speaks at pastors’ conferences and congregational settings in the U.S. and abroad. He serves in various committees, think tanks, and boards that engage issues in Hispanic/Latino theology and missions. In terms of serious hobbies, he 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. He lives in St. Louis with his wife, Tracy Lynn, and their two children, Lucas Antonio and Ana Victoria.
The Wangerin preaching series, which originated in 2012, is intended to bring notable preachers to the Chapel of the Resurrection.
The 2013-14 series began Oct. 20 with guest preacher the Rev. James Honig, Senior Pastor of Faith Ev. Lutheran Church (ELCA) in Glen Ellyn, IL, and published novelist.
Also scheduled in the series for 2013-14 are:
Feb. 2, 2014 - The Rev. Dr. Dean Nadasdy, President of the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod and the author of a number of gospel dramas.
April 27, 2014 - The Rev. Dr. Barbara K. Lundblad, the Joe R. Engle Professor of Preaching at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
The series is sponsored by the Chapel, the Center for Church Relations, and the Institute for Liturgical Studies.