Reverend Dr. Leroy Sanders was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. He is a graduate of Burke Elementary School. He attended Tilden Technical High School and received his GED after attending Englewood evening school. In the pursuit of learning, Rev. Sanders attended IIT and Roosevelt University. Rev. Sanders served in the United States Armey. In 1976, he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Chicago State University. After accepting his call to the ministry, Rev. Sanders pursued theological education and received his Master of Divinity Degree from Chicago Theological Seminary in 1979. He later went on to pursue a Doctorate in Ministry, graduating in 2009. Rev. Sanders worked for Illinois Bell Telephone Company as a technician and later as a supervisor for over 30 years prior to his retirement.
Reverend Sanders served as an Associate Minister of Progressive Community Church from 1976 to 1978. He later became affiliated with Trinity United Church of Christ, under the Pastorate of Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., where he began working with the United Church of Christ.
Reverend Sanders was called to Pastor Kenwood United Church of Christ in 1980 and served as its Senior Pastor for 36 years, prior to his retirement in 2015. Under his leadership, the Feed the People Ministry was developed in partnership with the Hyde Park Kenwood Interfaith Council to provide meals for the homeless and underserved residents of the Kenwood area. He was also responsible for the development of Kenwood’s Norma Jean Sanders Free Clinic which provides free medical services to those in need. Rev. Sanders has served on several Boards and Committees including the Hyde Park/Kenwood Interfaith Council, Cluster #6 of the Chicago Metropolitan Association of the United Church of Christ, Illinois Conference United Church of Christ, Ministers for Racial, Social, and Economic Justice, United Church of Christ, United Church of Christ General Synod nominating committee and the Advocate Trinity Hospital Board of Directors.
Reverend Sanders was married to the late Norma Jean Holly (Sanders) for over 52 years. Together they had five children, 19 grandchildren and 9 Great Grandchildren.