Sandra Van Opstal


Sandra Van Opstal specializes in connecting others first to Jesus and then to the mission. She is a second-generation Latina and the co-founder and Executive Director of Chasing Justice. She lives on the west-side of Chicago with her husband and two boys.

She is a liturgist and activist, passionate about re-imagining worship that mobilizes for reconciliation and justice.

In her fifteen years with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Sandra mobilized thousands of college students for God’s mission of reconciliation and justice. She has served as Director of Worship for the Urbana Missions Conference, Executive Pastor for Grace and Peace Community, Chicago Urban Program Director, Latino National Leadership Team (LaFe), and Northwestern University Team leader (Multiethnic fellowship).

Sandra’s influence has reached many others through her leadership and preaching on topics such as poverty, racial identity, and global mission. Sandra holds a Masters of Divinity from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. She has been published in multiple journals and authored many books, including Still Evangelical, The Mission of Worship and The Next Worship.