Pedro Sanz Sanchéz was one of the first ordained Adventist pastors in Spain. He exercised his pastoral ministry in the churches of Cartagena, Jérica, Valencia, Nogueruelas, and Rubielos.
Early Life, Marriage, and Conversion
Sanz Sanchéz was born in Aizón, Zaragoza. After marrying Martina Lores, they moved to live in Barcelona, where they started a business.1 They were introduced to the Adventist message through the work of colporteur Lope San Nicolás.2 Both were baptized by Pastor Walter G. Bond in 1909.3
Sanz Sanchéz then sold his business to work as a colporteur. He evangelized among his relatives, even among members of the family who later emigrated to Argentina. Later he was appointed treasurer of the Spanish Mission.4 Sanz Sanchéz and Vicente Juan García were the first two Spanish pastors ordained to the ministry in Switzerland, in 1917.
Sanz Sanchéz ministered in different places in Spain until 1932, when he retired for health reasons. However, at age 75, due to the needs of the church at that time, he was asked to pastor in a church in Ferrol, Coruña, in the north of Spain, in 1951.5 There he returned to pastoral work for a year and a half. He died in Montpellier, France, at the age of 92.6
Among his descendants are several pastors and workers who serve in Spain and Argentina.7
Martorell, Manuel. “Columnas de la iglesia.” Revista Adventista Española, September 1978.
Valls, Jonathan, ed. Compartiendo la esperanza, Cien años de adventismo del séptimo día en España. Madrid: Editorial Safeliz, 2003.