Pastor Rosa has been serving the First Congregational Church of Chicago since 2000. Both Pastor Rosa and his wife Aurelia Rosa are originally from Puerto Rico. There he studied mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico. Later, receiving a call to serve the church, Pastor Rosa studied theology at the Evangelical Seminary of Puerto Rico. Coming to the states Jose Rosa furthered his studies at McCormick Theological Seminary and subsequently developed and refined his talent for preaching at the Academy for Preaching. Modeling his dedication to youth development before joining the church, Jose Rosa spent several years as a high school math teacher. Since taking up his call to ministry, he has served congregations both in Puerto Rico and Illinois. Before coming to the United Church of Christ, he worked as a district superintendent with the Methodist Church in Chicago. In 2000, he began serving FCC. Jose Rosa is married to Aurelia Rosa who together have three children.