“Jesus said, “Feed my sheep”
— John 21:17
Introducing Rev Jo Tyers
Jo has experienced all of life’s ups and downs.
Love: Born in the town of Bedford, Eastern Cape, the fifth of six children, (her father was a vet) she grew up in Bloemfontein, at the age of 21 married Trevor and they had four sons, Phillip, Neil, George and Mathew.
Sadness: In 2012, Trevor died of cancer. Just three weeks before, George had died in a freak accident sustained during his paramedic career in Iraq.
Learning: After high school at Wynberg in the Cape, Jo trained as a teacher at Barclay House and subsequently studied part time for the ministry. This was a consequence of Trevor’s late entry into the ministry after a career in his father’s caravan business. He served first as a priest at All Saints, Durbanville, then at St Barnabas, Cape Town, followed by responsibility for various parishes on the Atlantic seaboard. He was arch-deacon of Cape Town under the leadership of Archbishop Desmond Tutu and then chaplain at Bishops College, his Alma Mater.
Business: Jo and Trevor launched African Praise, a church vestment manufacturer, in 2003, serving South African and other parishes around the world. Now, son Neil runs the business, while Phillip is an interior designer and Matthew has an hotel and spa supply business. When the children were young, Jo had retail clothing outlets, first in Kenilworth and later in Cavendish Square, Claremont.
Hobbies: Jo describes herself as being creative rather artistic and works with fabrics such as her current interest in designing and making African-style quilts, working with George’s widow, Juanita.
Church career: Jo was ordained in 1998 and has been on the staff of St Saviours Claremont and Good Shepherd-Protea since then, as well as serving for five years as chaplain of Herschel Girls’ School.