Upon graduating from Spelman College, DeAna “Jo” Vivian embarked upon a business career. After 13 years in corporate America, Jo walked away from a thriving career realizing her first love is Jesus and her first calling is to her family. Resigning her position with Ford Motor Company, she and her husband, Al Vivian, relocated their family to Metro Atlanta where Jo began ministering to her family as a stay at home mom. She immediately became an active member of Faith Christian Center where she served in various volunteer capacities to include Usher Board, Ministry Room, Outreach Ministry, Small Group Ministry, Youth Ministry and Children’s Church.
In 2009, Jo graduated from Faith School of Ministry, having accepted the call on her life as a minister of the Gospel. Jo also recognizing the need for ministry beyond the pulpit, and in 2013, she earned a Master’s of Science Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. As a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor, Jo Vivian couples her clinical skills with The Word of God in meeting the mental health needs of the people she counsels.
Jo’s passions are teaching the Word of God and discipleship, as salvation is more than a confession—it’s a lifetime of following Jesus! Jo and Al lead the nation’s oldest diversity consulting firm, BASIC Diversity, Inc., where she provides cultural competency coaching and training to corporations, non-profits, municipalities, and educational institutions. They are the proud parents of two adult sons, Louis and Coleman.