Sanz Sanchéz, Pedro (1876‒1968)

By Nelson Salgado

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Nelson Salgado is associate professor of History at Sagunto Adventist College, Spain, and pastor in the Spanish Adventist Union of Churches.

 

First Published: December 25, 2020

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

Ministry

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.

Later Years

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

Sources

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.

Notes

  1. Jonathan Valls, ed., Compartiendo la esperanza, Cien años de adventismo del séptimo día en España (Madrid: Editorial Safeliz, 2003), 67.

  2. Manuel Martorell, “Columnas de la iglesia,” Revista Adventista Española, September 1978, 22.

  3. Valls, 68.

  4. Martorell, 22.

  5. Ibid., 23.

  6. Valls, 68.

  7. Ibid., 67.

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Salgado, Nelson. "Sanz Sanchéz, Pedro (1876‒1968)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. December 25, 2020. Accessed February 29, 2024. https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=6CAF.

Salgado, Nelson. "Sanz Sanchéz, Pedro (1876‒1968)." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. December 25, 2020. Date of access February 29, 2024, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=6CAF.

Salgado, Nelson (2020, December 25). Sanz Sanchéz, Pedro (1876‒1968). Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. Retrieved February 29, 2024, https://encyclopedia.adventist.org/article?id=6CAF.