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145 Martinvale Lane
San Jose, CA, 95119
United States

(408) 972-2020

Primera Baptist is a Southern Baptist Church located in the heart of South San Jose. We are a community that welcomes all. We recognize the authority of God’s Word, and strive to serve consistently with what it teaches–loving God and fellow man and woman as Jesus teaches.


About Us


Established in 1948...

Primera Baptist Church has been proclaiming the gospel to many generations and Lord-willing many future generations to come! In 2008, we moved from our location of 60 years, to South San Jose. 

We are a Church that emphasizes the "abundant life" through Jesus Christ, not by seeking prosperity in this life, but by allowing God's Word to transform us for the next life with Him. 

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” – Mattthew 11:28 NIV



Sr. Pastor Richard Vera

Pastor Vera trusted Christ at 19 and by age 20 found himself in South Vietnam during the Vietnam war. While there, a few Christian soldiers sensed that God was calling him.  They laid hands on him and prayed that one day he would become a preacher of the Gospel. After Vietnam, he was stationed in Utah where he started a bible study and quickly became the Pastor of the group. Pastor Vera has been married to Noemi for 48 years; blessed with a son Caleb, a daughter and six grandchildren.  He did his undergraduate studies in sociology and psychology at Northern Arizona University, his MA in Expository Preaching/Evangelism and Missions at Criswell and his Doctorate in Divinity at University of the Rockies in Colorado.


Pastor Humberto Hernandez

Pastor Hernandez has served at Primera Baptist Church for 6 years as Pastor in our Spanish congregation. He has graduated with degrees in Christian Ministries and Advanced Theology at ClD Golden Gate Seminary (Redwood City extension). He has also had the privilege of working for 7 years as a Chaplain for the San Jose Giants. He has been married to Liliana Hernandez for 20 years. They have a son and daughter.