Rev. Jo L. Kretzler grew up in Manchester in the north of England where she attended the Hulme Grammar School For Girls. Jo was involved with the Methodist Association of Youth Groups (MAYC) and was a youth leader at Saint Paul’s Methodist Church in Shaw, England. She majored in fine art at Oldham College of Art and later studied Architectural Design at the University of Teesside.
Jo is an MDiv. graduate of Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary and was the fifth recipient of the Chidester Award for excellence in Homiletics. In 2019, she was ordained as a deacon in the United Methodist Church.