John H. Tyson: Bold Faith in the Workplace (Gospel Light Minute #73)

John H. Tyson
John H. Tyson

He is a businessman in the United States. He is the grandson of Tyson Foods founder, John W. Tyson, and the son of business guru and ex-Tyson CEO Don Tyson. He was the CEO of Tyson Foods from 1999-2006 and currently serves as its chairman. He graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

He says of his faith, ‘My mom and dad didn’t attend church, but I went to church. I was introduced to the Methodist Church by my granddad, John. He went to the First United Methodist Church of Springdale (Arkansas). I am a born-again Christian who believes that my values shouldn’t be pushed to the side when I enter Tyson’s doors. My faith is just an ongoing evolution, trying to understand what faith in the marketplace looks like, giving people permission to live their faith seven days a week. If people can talk about the football game on Monday, why can’t they talk about their faith?”

Faith also plays a large role in his company. It offers its employees chaplain services at plants across America. He said, “If people are saddened after the loss of a loved one or coping with a family emergency, these individuals are brought in to pray and assist those in need with coping.” One of the company’s “Core Values” is being a “faith-friendly” company. This commitment earned Tyson the 2007 International Spirit at Work Award from the International Center for Spirit at Work, an organization for companies that integrate spiritual values such as kindness, compassion, and integrity, into the workplace. Another “Core Value” maintains that Tyson Foods “strives to honor God and be respectful of each other, our customers, and other stakeholders.” Tyson Foods is also known for donating mass amounts of food to America’s poor. With a $2 million gift from the Tyson Family Foundation and Tyson Foods, he helped to establish the Tyson Center for Faith and Spirituality in the Workplace at the Sam M. Walton College of Business at the University of Arkansas. His name is John H. Tyson.

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