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.

5 Responses to Bio

  1. Andrew Goebel

    Hey Sandra,

    I attended Urbana this past week. Let me first say what a great job you did. You have a heavenly voice, and a tremendous ability to lead! I was wondering if you could possibly send me the list of all the songs that you guys did throughout the course of Urbana?

    Thanks so much!

  2. Jason

    I second what Andrew requested! One song in particular touched me & it’s not on the Urbana worship CD.

  3. Tanis K

    Hello Sandra! (I didn’t know how else to contact you)

    Worship moved me at Urbana12 in a way that I have not experienced in a long time, so I give major credit to the worship team you directed and God! Incredible voices combined last week for a great celebration of the Lord Almighty.

    I wanted to reach out to you and thank you not only for your amazing talents, but also for your vulnerability in sharing your personal story. Your story impacted me in a way that I realized I was looking for. I just want to thank you for reassuring me that I can fearlessly give all things up to God and faithfully pray in order to listen to His plan for me.


  4. Mary

    The worship at Urbana 12 was amazing – thank you for using your music to minster to students and for your excellent leadership Sandra. Hearing you share your personal story was also very special & meaningful to me; what a gift you are to God’s kingdom here on earth, may He increase & bless you and Karl according to His good plan.

  5. Natalia

    Thank you so much for all you do!!
    In the love of Jesus,

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