“Jesus said, “Feed my sheep”
— John 21:17
Introducing Rev Jo Tyers
Rev Jo was ordained in St George’s Cathedral, Cape Town, 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. Musician (she is not averse to dropping her bible and playing the organ during a service), clothing retailer for clerics (African Praise, now run by son Neil, designs and manufactures high quality clerical shirts, embroidered vestments and church furnishings) and priest at Good Shepherd-Protea since 2008, she and her late husband Rev Trevor Tyers have made a warm and caring contribution to the welfare of the communities that they have both served. Her duties include pastoral visits as well as conducting baptisms, weddings and funerals. Trevor was priest at All Saints Durbanville, St Barnabas Kloof Nek, rector of three Atlantic seaboard churches, archdeacon of Cape Town and chaplain at Diocesan College.
In the early days, St Saviour’s provided clergy to take the Sunday services, but there was no priest appointed to care directly for the congregation. Subsequently Bishop Freddie Amoore, Rev Michael de Lisle, Rev Paula MacKenzie and Rev Jo were deployed to take responsibility for Good Shepherd-Protea on a day-to-day basis, under the rector of St Saviour’s Parish Church until the 2020 inauguration as an independent parish.