Jose is a longtime resident of the Central Coast. He attended local schools, Arroyo Grande High School and Cuesta College. He also attended Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri. He was married to Debbie Conrad Rivera in 1980 and until her passing in 2016. Together they have two beautiful daughters, their husbands, and five grandchildren that also live in the surrounding area. He owned and operated an auto collision repair business in the community for nearly 30 years.

Jose continues to serve as lead pastor, as he has done since July of 2000, at Five Cities Vineyard Church. He has a passion to see people come into an intimate relationship with Jesus, humbly serve Him and discover their calling, ministry and mission in life. His heart is also to see the church gracefully transition from believers to faithful followers of Christ.   

He lives with his family in Huasna, on a ranch east of Arroyo Grande. He loves and enjoys spending time with his family and friends BBQing, hiking, walking the beach, reading, writing and teaching.   

He feels he’s been overwhelmingly blessed to enjoy a wonderful life, with all of it’s challenges, and looks forward to continuing in His calling and ministry for as long as the Lord leads.