Sandra Maria Van Opstal

Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, is co-founder and Executive Director of Chasing Justice, a movement led by people of color to mobilize a lifestyle of faith and justice.

Sandra Maria Van Opstal

Executive director and Co-founder of Chasing Justice

Sandra Maria Van Opstal, a second-generation Latina, is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Chasing Justice, a movement led by people of color to mobilize a lifestyle of faith and justice . She is an international speaker, author, and activist, recognized for her courageous work in pursuing justice and disrupting oppressive systems within the church. As a global prophetic voice and an active community member on the west-side of Chicago, Sandra’s initiatives in holistic justice equip communities around the world to practice biblical solidarity and mutuality within various social and cultural locations.

Speaking Topics
  • Multicultural Worship and Justice Oriented Worship
  • Ethnicity, Race, and Culture in the Church
  • Racial Righteousness
  • Mobilizing your community for Justice
  • Contextualized Leadership Development
  • Developing Cross-Cultural Teams
  • Urban Ministry with Mutuality
  • Latina Church and Immigration
  • Black/Brown Partnership
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She models and reimagines Kingdom living by re-centering the marginalized and amplifying the voices of those whose narratives enrich our understanding of the gospel. Sandra’s commitment to justice on a global-scale has brought her to lead as a board member for Evangelicals for Justice and the Christian Community Development Association, and take a leading role in embodying justice in worship for the IFES World Assembly in Mexico (2015), Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering in Jarkarta (2016), and Global Gathering in South Africa (2018).

Her fifteen years with Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, serving as Director of Worship for the Urbana Missions Conference, Chicago Urban Program Director, Latino National Leadership Team (LaFe), and Northwestern University Team leader (Multiethnic fellowship) also catalyzed thousands of young adults to practice God’s mission of reconciliation and justice.

Sandra holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is a Doctoral Candidate at North Park Seminary. Her teaching has also been featured at Wheaton College, North Park University, Liberating Evangelicalism Conference, The Justice Conference, Evangelical Covenant conferences, Willow Creek Association conferences, and various churches. Her most recent books include Rally: Communal Prayers for the Lovers of Jesus and Justice, A Rhythm of Prayer, Still Evangelical, and The Next Worship.

Books by Sandra

Forty Days on Being an Eight (Enneagram Daily Reflections)

Releasing October 19, 2021

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The Next Worship: Glorifying God in a Diverse World

Releasing October 19, 2021

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Videos of Sandra

The Diversity Gap – A New Kind of Leader

Sandra Maria Van Opstal is the Founder of Chasing Justice. In this powerful talk, Sandra compels us to practice mutuality and solidarity in our “diversity work,” and she challenges us to take bold steps into new organizational futures!

Diverse Worship

Learn about creating diverse worship in your congregation from Sandra Van Opstal in this video!

Story Table: Sandra Maria Van Opstal

Sandra Maria Van Opstal, executive pastor of Grace and Peace Community, speaks about the burden placed on undocumented children and the fears of people living in her community.