Pastor Jose is a graduate of Columbia Union College (Washington Adventist University) and of the Andrews University Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary. He is presently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry Degree (D. Min). His pastoral experience began in 1992, as a Youth Pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland. He served God in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area (Potomac Conference of Seventh-day Adventists) for almost 11 years, as Youth Pastor, Associate Pastor, and Senior Pastor. There he led many people to Christ, through baptism and planted two new churches.
In September 23, 2000, he was ordained to the Gospel Ministry, in Silver Spring, Maryland. From 2001 to 2003, in his spare time, he also served as an Adjunct Professor at his Alma Mater, Washington Adventist University, there he taught the course, Jesus & the Gospels.
In January 2003, having felt the call of God, Pastor Jose and Joanne accepted the invitation to go to New York, where he led thousands of youth, young adults, and kids, as the Director of Adventist Youth Ministries for the Greater New York Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. In this post he provided leadership, vision, and equipping to leaders in the areas of: Youth Evangelism, Small Groups, Adventurers, Pathfinders, Master Guides, Teens, Collegiate, Young Adults, Adventist Youth Emergency Services (AYES Corps), National Service Organization, Bible Bowl, and Camp. Several ministries were created under his leadership, including Adventist Youth Leadership Certification, Youth Media Ministry, among others. Pastor Jose also chaired the Camp Berkshire Development Team in the creation of a Master Plan, and a multi-million dollar renovation, which included construction of several buildings among many other improvements.
On June 12, 2011, Pastor Jose was elected to be the Youth Director of the Atlantic Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The Atlantic Union is the Administrative Headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the Northeast of the United States and the country of Bermuda. It is composed by more than 112,000 members, over 550 churches, 73 schools, and 1 college campus, through the following six Conferences: Bermuda, Greater New York, New York, Northeastern, Northern New England, and Southern New England. He is the founder of the Compassion Movement, a ministry that began in 2012 among the Youth and Young Adults of the Atlantic Union and has now become a global movement among youth, young adults, and adults of the Adventist Church.
On November 2, 2014, Jose assumed a new role in the Seventh-day Adventist Church, after accepting the call to become the Associate Ministerial Director for Evangelism in North America. Pastor Jose now leads and oversees Evangelism, Global Mission, Church Planting, and Mission to Cities, for the Church across the United States, Canada, Bermuda, and the Guam-Micronesian islands, with more than 6,000 churches and over 1.2 million members.
Jose, Joanne, Jose III and Joel Benjamin are a team, they minister together. Pastor Jose is grateful to God for His grace and for the risk God takes to entrust such important mission to a sinner. He believes that Pastors, laity, young people and adults need each other to finish the proclamation of the Gospel. He believes that the only way to keep the youth, young adults, and adults faithful to Jesus and in the church is to give them assurance of their salvation, hope in the Second Coming, and to keep them working with grace and Compassion on behalf of those who don’t have either, assurance and hope.
Pastor Jose upholds the fact that Compassion is Evangelism, and that both are a way of life, which must happen daily, individually in the home and in the community, and corporately in and all around the local church. He is a firm believer that a personal and corporate Lifestyle of Compassion and Evangelism will produce baptisms and faithful disciples to God and His church. Pastor Jose is conscious that just as God used Joseph in Egypt, Esther in Susa, Daniel and the three Hebrews in Babylon, John the Baptist by the Jordan, and Timothy in Ephesus, God can also use him, as well as each Pastor, Church Leader, man, woman, child, youth, young adult, and adult to reach North-America with a message and a lifestyle of Compassion, Hope, and Wholeness, in the twenty-first century.