Sandra Van Opstal, a Chicago-born, second-generation Latina, is a preacher, trainer, and worship leader who is passionate about bridging the divide to create atmospheres where people of different cultures can come together in peace to experience the presence of God.
Sandra previously served as director for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship’s Chicago Urban Program. In this program, college students from across the nation live in an intentional Christian community during which they examine issues of justice, poverty, racism, racial identity, and reconciliation in the context of service and evangelism. Prior to that she was a campus minister at Northwestern University with InterVarsity’s Multiethnic, Latino, and Black student fellowships.
She currently serves as director of worship for the Urbana Mission Convention. Sandra has led multiethnic worship teams at Urbana Mission Conventions, Evangelical Covenant Conferences, Willow Creek Association conferences, and many colleges. She has been a featured preacher on issues relevant to urban ministry, missions, and worship at Wheaton College, North Park University, and various churches. She has been published in The Narthex (a journal of the Evangelical Covenant Church), as well as in Missions Frontier. She is a contributor to the Small Group Leader’s Handbook (IVP) and is working on the book called Mission of Worship (IVP)
She holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in IL, and an undergraduate degree in Music Business/Vocal Performance from Millikin University in IL. Sandra currently participates in several learning communities such as the Board of Evangelicals for Justice (E4J) and Micah Group of the Ogilvie Institute of Preaching at Fuller Seminary.She and her husband enjoy living in Humboldt Park, Chicago and ministering at Grace and Peace Community Church.