Personalities

Read about your favourite JOY Radio personalities

Everyone at JOY considers what we do to be a ministry; not a job or a chore. This singleness of purpose establishes us as we respond to the call of God on our lives. We love what we do and we depend upon Him for His guidance as we prepare the programming heard over JOY. May it convey God's love and purpose for your life.

James Kurtis

James Kurtis

Music Director
Weekdays 5:30 - 8am

James Kurtis hosts 'The Drive' every weekday morning from our JOY studios located in the GTHA, playing today's best Christian music for Toronto and the Greater Golden Horseshoe area! Get up for work and arrive with 'The Drive'! James has the latest on traffic and weather, along with timely news updates with News Director, Bob Sheppard. In addition to hosting 'The Drive', James is also our Music Director, staying on top of the latest CCM and Gospel charts, supporting Canadian artists, and continuing to be active within the music community of our great country. This Humber College Radio Broadcasting grad also co-hosts the 'Between The Grooves' podcast from Faith Strong Today, also airing every Tuesday at 2:30pm on JOY.

Hollie Taylor

Hollie Taylor

Station Manager
Weekdays 4:30pm

Streaming weekdays at Faith Strong Today and on-air across the GTHA on JOY, Hollie Taylor hosts 'Good Company', combining the best in Christian music and talk! During this interactive hour on faith and culture, Hollie and other Faith Strong Today Correspondents discuss a variety of topics, spin today’s hottest hits, and connect with YOU via text messages and social media. In January 2021 Hollie was hired as our Station Manager, moving her family to Ontario and excited for the opportunity God had presented to her in leading our team. She is greatly looking forward to meeting our listeners, clients and everyone around the GTHA as she leads our radio ministry into the next 20 years of sharing the Gospel of Jesus.

Chris Brooks

Chris Brooks

Equipped
Weekdays 1pm

Chris Brooks is the senior pastor of Evangel Ministries, a thriving 1600-member church in the heart of Detroit. He also serves as campus dean of Moody Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Michigan. A popular Detroit radio host since 2005, Chris is author of Kingdom Dreaming and Urban Apologetics. He graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Finance, completed his MA in Christian Apologetics at Biola University, and graduated from the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics at Oxford. Join Chris every weekday for this interactive LIVE program, as he empowers believers to live an impactful Christian life in a rapidly changing culture on 'Equipped with Chris Brooks', heard only in the GTHA on JOY Radio!

Sherry Stahl

Sherry Stahl

Soul H2O Radio
Saturday 12pm

Joining JOY Radio in programming and as an official Sales representative for the station, Sherry Stahl is also an international speaker certified with the John Maxwell Team, author of 'Water In The Desert' and the 'Soul H2O Devotional'. She’s a fun, passionate Bible teacher whose desire is to lead others to the life-giving Water in the Word! Sherry is also the VP of Operations for Women In Music & Media (WIMM Canada) and Canadian Ambassador for Christian Women In Media Assoc. (CWIMA). Every week Sherry interacts with listeners on radio, via podcast, and through her Soul H2O devotion subscription. ‘Soul H2O Radio’ leaves listeners refreshed with Bible Study Tools & Tips, along with powerful music, exclusively on JOY! For advertising or sponsorship opportunities, contact us at sales@joyradio.ca.

Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman

Building Relationships
Saturday 1pm

'Building Relationships' is a weekly program offering life-changing insight and realistic advice rooted in the Word of God. Hosted by bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman, Chris Fabry and Andrea Fabry, 'Building Relationships' is designed to provide fun and informative, practical help for your marriage. Gary Chapman is a well-known marriage counselor and director of marriage seminars, writing more than 25 books including the #1 New York Times Best Seller, "The Five Love Languages". Gary and his wife, Karolyn, have been married for more than 45 years with two grown children, Shelley and Derek. Heard only in the GTHA on JOY Radio, call anytime with your questions or comments: (866) 424-GARY!

Ann Mainse

Ann Mainse

Sincerely Yours
Monday - Friday 10am

One of Canada's best-known Christian broadcasters, writers and speakers, Ann enriches our listeners with a daily devotional program entitled 'Sincerely Yours', part of the Faith Strong Today network. Every weekday she journeys through the Bible with you! Ann and her husband Ron also share a leadership role at Heart to Heart Family Ministries, where they live out their passion and vision for supporting marriage and family in Canada. Subscribe to the podcast and hear 'Sincerely Yours' at www.faithstrongtoday.com/sincerelyyours.

Moira Brown

Moira Brown

Hugs From Heaven
Monday - Friday 2:27pm

Moira grew up in Peterborough and at age of 17 became involved in local AM and FM radio. She later moved into TV, producing and hosting The Moira Hunt Show daily on CKVR in Barrie. Through the influence of an interview guest, Moira came to know Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Saviour! Many years later she was invited to join '100 Huntley Street' in the fall of 1988. In 2014 Moira was named one of Canada's top one hundred Christian women leaders and authored her first book, 'Hugs From Heaven'. Now with Faith Strong Today, her daily vignette 'Hugs From Heaven' also airs on JOY Radio! Catch up with past episodes at www.faithstrongtoday.com/hugsfromheaven.

Johnny Rocket & Hollie Taylor

Johnny Rocket & Hollie Taylor

Why Me Project
Wednesday 2:30pm

Hosts of ‘The Morning Spin’ on Edmonton’s Shine-FM, Johnny and Hollie now bring their 'Why Me Project' podcast to JOY Radio through Faith Strong Today! Johnny’s parents just knew he would have a future in media. So at the age of 19, he graduated broadcasting school and ventured into the radio business. For the past decade, Hollie has worked in the Christian radio and music industries, launching her own promotions company called Ten16 Entertainment committed to artists in the Canadian Christian music industry. Every week Johnny and Hollie interview athletes, authors, musicians, or someone you'd least expect, hearing about their own "Why Me" moments.

Donna Carter

Donna Carter

Grow On The Go
Thursday 2:30pm

Donna and her husband Randy are the co-founders of Straight Talk Ministries, a non-profit organization committed to helping people find faith and apply it to everyday life. They live in Calgary, a thriving city in the shadow of the Canadian Rockies with their two young adult daughters and a newly acquired son-in-law. 'Grow On The Go', co-hosted with her daughter Kevann, is devoted to helping people live purposefully! In her spare hours, she loves to read, paint, and love on her rescue puppy, Levi. Visit Faith Strong Today to hear past programs on their website, both on-demand and via podcast!

Drew Brown

Drew Brown

Between The Grooves
Tuesday 2:30pm

Drew is a Juno nominated singer-songwriter, worship leader and a social justice advocate passionate about leveraging the arts for spiritual and social change. Every week, join Drew and James Kurtis on 'Between The Grooves' as together they explore the world of music and faith, and everything in between. Part of the Faith Strong Today team, you can hear past programs on their website, both on-demand and via podcast! Or check out Drew's personal site at www.drewbrownmusic.com

DJ Prosper

Prosper

Powerhouse Radio
Sunday 5pm

Prosper and Gifted Powerful Movement (GPM) had a vision of bringing youth from different denominations together. The group also sought to challenge youth to use their talents as a way to encourage positive change in society. In 2019 Prosper launched 'Powerhouse Radio' bringing four hours of great gospel to the GTHA! With popular segments like: "Gospel Now" where Prosper & co-host Rae discuss current events & hot topics in the Gospel industry; "Power Boosts" with inspirational messages or scriptures; and "Praise Break", DJ Prosper's weekly mix where he raises the praise! Listen for it Sunday nights from 5pm - 9pm on JOY.

Bill Craig

Bill Craig

Sunday Praise
Sunday 4pm

Being lead to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (born-again) through Christian radio, Bill began sharing Christ to show people how beautiful and life-giving He is. In 2001 Bill called JOY about a book and our first Program Director, Don Millar, asked Bill to come and see him. After a 5 minute interview and previous prayer by Don, 'Sunday Praise' was born. Lifting up Jesus on Sunday afternoons is a pleasure for Bill; and his prayer is that it will be an encouragement to you!

Hannah Lynn

Hannah Lynn

That's Real
Saturday 5:20pm
Sunday 8:30pm
Monday 5:40pm

Hannah grew up as a homeschooler on a tree farm, plays the harp, drives a Prius (don’t judge), and started a fashion blog while a student at Moody Bible Institute. She loves to tell people about Jesus! As a seven-year-old she witnessed to her ballet teacher, then she started a Young Life club while in high school. Now she mentors teens with her husband, John, who serves as a youth pastor. Hannah’s gift of storytelling along with her ability to provide insight on God’s Word that ministers to younger believers is at the heart of her weekly vignette 'That's Real'. Her ability to bridge the generational gap is both encouraging and refreshing.