JOSEPH GINYARD, one of the founders and pastor of Calvary Gospel Chapel, took his ministry far beyond the chapel doors.
He made four trips to Kenya, taking Bibles, medicine and other supplies, as well as the word of God, to remote villages.
toured Eastern Europe with a Word of Life Fellowship group, preaching
and taking religious programs to countries that were formerly under the
yoke of communism.
most of his work was in Philadelphia, where he founded Wise Choice
Ministries, providing transitional residences for needy families, and
found ways to serve his congregation, especially the young members, whom
he enjoyed mentoring and showing how to live the good life.
Joe, as he was known, a 40-year veteran of the Postal Service and a
Marine in World War II and Korea, died Monday of heart failure. He was
89 and living in Mullica Hill, N.J., but had lived most of his life in
"He was humble in spirit, but was grace in action," his family said.
Joseph was a proud Marine and trained at the segregated Montford Point base in Jacksonville, N.C.
Marines were reluctant to welcome African-Americans into their ranks,
but were forced to after President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued an
executive order banning segregation in defense industries and the
The Marines set up a training camp with less-than-ideal
conditions. The barracks were rundown and infested with bugs and snakes,
but eager young men like Joseph Ginyard went there to learn to be good
Joe remembered one tough drill sergeant named Cecil B.
Moore, who became a lawyer, civil-rights firebrand and city councilman
After training, Joe was shipped to the South
Pacific, where he was part of the invasions of islands like Guadalcanal
and Guam. Black troops weren't allowed to fight, but he served in
various support activities.
The surviving Montford Point Marines
were belatedly honored in a ceremony in 2012 in Washington and given the
Congressional Gold Medal.
"Their legacy of courage and
perseverance is an inspiration to all Marines," said Gen. James F. Amos,
Marine commandant, in presenting the medals to some 400 survivors.
Joe was still in the Marine Corps when the Korean War began in 1950, but did not go overseas.
was born in Philadelphia, the third of the six children of Mortie
Ginyard and Bessie McMichael Ginyard. He graduated from Northeast High
School and entered the Marines.
He later studied at the
Philadelphia Naval Electronics School, Manna Bible Institute and the
Philadelphia College of the Bible and Pastoral Counseling. He received
an honorary doctorate in theology from Manna Bible College in North
He married Cecilia M. Jackson in 1948.
greatest achievement, he would say, was in guiding and instructing young
people to be godly, responsible and productive human beings," his
"Not only did he use his gifts and talents as a
pastor to minister to his congregation, but to the world at large, seven
days a week, and beyond the church doors."
His wife died in 2004.
He is survived by two daughters, Jo-Ann Hayward and Elaine Barley; a
son, the Rev. Philip Ginyard; seven grandchildren and 11
great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by another son, Martin Ginyard.