Getting to Know Me
My life motto: “Make somebody happy make somebody strong today.”
3 people I would like to meet: Joseph (from the Bible), Abraham Lincoln, Mother Theresa
Best thing someone has ever said to me: Oliver North – “Do something great”
My hero is: My Grandparents who survived the Holocaust in Germany and against all odds made it to America.
Something most people don’t know about me is: I love to whip up some food in the kitchen…although from my chubby Ukrainian cheeks you may have already figured that out!
Book: The Rhythm Of Life (Richard Exley)
TV Show: ESPN Highlights
Hobby: Music is both my hobby and career…nice combo
Music Artist: Michael McDonald
Sporting team: Detroit Tigers
Actor: Jimmy Stewart
Place in the world: Home (Or anywhere in remote Hawaii)
Season: Fall (In Michigan…leaves changing colors…the best)
Scripture: (My formula for everything) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. – Philippians 4:6-8
Music and worship have always been a part of Joe’s life. His compassion for people and passion for bringing healing and hope to the world marked the earliest memories for him. Born to Joseph Sr. and Linda Ninowski, Joe Jr. grew up in the Detroit area of Michigan with older sister and musical inspiration, Nancy, as well as younger sister Lisa and brother Timothy.
Church was a way of life for the family and music was at the heart of it. So too were the Gospel albums and John Phillips Sousa marches often echoing through the morning air. In addition to his full time business career, Dad (Joe Sr.) also voluntarily led worship at the local church; and Mom was a gifted singer, as well. Their commitment became a seed for their children’s lives and for Joe, Jr., a seed of destiny.
Joe, Sr.’s business career and ministry also intersected in other ways as well, through his involvement with Full Gospel Businessmen International, and his ownership of the first 24-hour Christian radio station in the nation. His next venture was a bid to begin a Christian Television station. But sadly, Joe Sr. was killed in a tragic airplane crash just after Joe Jr.’s first semester at college. Joe Sr.’s love for God and dream to reach the world through every means possible (namely Christian television) seemed to die with him.
So the healing began…and after getting a marketing degree from Oral Roberts University and marrying Sheila Allen from West Virginia, they settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma where they started a family. Sheila did portrait painting and Joe began producing music in local studios and serving at Grace Fellowship Church as band director.
After moving to Dallas in 1990 on a record-producing contract, God opened the door to begin leading worship with the youth at Covenant Church. Eventually Joe became Worship Director for the church and remains committed to the power and necessity of the local church; equipping and inspiring the saints and connecting the world to our Heavenly Father – through sound Bible teaching, close friendships and the amazing power of worship through music.
Carrying on his parent’s vision to reach the world for Christ through television, God miraculously opened the door in 2003 for Joe to become Daystar’s Music Director. It was evident from the start that this was part of a Divine plan…the dream that seemed to die with Joe Sr. all those years ago had really been a seed in the heart of God, and also in the heart of Joe, Jr. In God’s time and His way…the dream to touch and reach the world with faith, hope and love was given new life. Now, all the pain of loss, personal failures, and subsequent years of church ministry, national touring, and studio experience have blossomed into Joe’s unique perspective for music, ministry and life in and out of the church.
Along with serving as Music Director for Daystar and Worship Leader for his church, Joe has song writing, movie scores, albums, and commercial credits ranging from CBS Sports themes, American Airlines, Citgo and Verizon, to The Imperials, Kenneth Copeland Ministries, Gerbert, Carmen, Marilyn McCoo, and Hosanna’s Integrity. Along with his parents and family, Joe thanks God for the three greatest earthly blessings in his life: his wife Sheila and their two children, Brooke and Joseph III, both at Oral Roberts University. Can somebody say… “College Fund”?!?