Juan Sanchez is Senior Pastor of High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, TX
Juan was born in Puerto Rico on July 29, 1965, and lived there until moving to central Florida with his family when he was almost eight years old. Though having grown up religious, Juan began to struggle with faith issues when high school friends introduced the gospel to him at the age of 16; however, he wrestled with the truth of the gospel for about a year and confessed faith in Christ in June of 1983.
After graduating high school, Juan enlisted in the United States Navy, where he received a Navy R.O.T.C. scholarship to the University of Florida with the intention of pursuing a commission as a naval officer. In his third semester of studies, however, Juan sensed a call to the gospel ministry and relinquished his scholarship. He completed his obligations to the Navy and returned to the University of Florida where he completed a Bachelor of Music degree (Music Education, 1994). In 1998, Juan moved to Louisville, Kentucky to attend the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (M. Div., 2000; Th.M., 2002; Ph. D. student in systematic theology, 2002-present) in preparation for ministry.
Juan has served local churches in Florida, Georgia and Indiana and in August of 2005, he accepted the call to become the preaching pastor at High Pointe Baptist Church in Austin, Texas. High Pointe is a multi-ethnic congregation with both a local and a global focus to see all peoples become whole-hearted followers of Jesus Christ.
Juan has been joyfully married to Jeanine since June 29, 1990, and they presently reside just outside of Austin, in Manor, Texas with their five daughters: Alexandra (1991), Hope Amanda (1995), Gabrielle (1997), Zoe (2000) and Maxey (2003).