Jean Nyembo holds a B.A. in philosophy from Institut de Philosophie Saint Pierre Canisius in Kinshasa and a B.A. in theology from Hekima College in Nairobi. Nyembo, a Jesuit priest, also earned a graduate degree in theology from Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He has worked as a schoolteacher and with organizations serving street children, HIV-AIDS patients, and refugees.