Deborah Joy Winans is an actress and singer. She is also a member of the Winans family, the gospel singers and musicians who are responsible for producing musical hits such as “Tomorrow”, “Millions”, “Addictive Love”, and “Lost Without You”. Currently, Deborah Joy is starring as Charity Greenleaf-Satterlee in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf. Making a name for herself, her role as the Bishop’s youngest daughter and Minister of Music at their church is one that has its ups and downs, and twists and turns that can be standard for leading religious families, a subject she knows a little something about.
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Winans is the daughter of Carvin Winans one of the members of The Winans singing group and 3WB or 3 Winans Brothers. He is also the fraternal twin brother of Bishop Marvin L. Winans, Sr., pastor of Perfecting Church in the city of Detroit. Deborah Joy’s mother is named Deborah but she also has an aunt named Debra who is known as Debbie. Her siblings are Carvin Jr., Juan, Ian, Shanniah, and Laylah. Her cousins are the members of The Winans Phase II - Marvin Jr. and Michael Jr. This group also includes her brothers Carvin Jr. and Juan. Her aunts are Angelique Caldwell (Angie), Debra Lowe (Debbie), Priscilla Love (Cece Winans), and her uncles are David II, Ronald (deceased), Marvin, Michael, Daniel, and Benjamin (BeBe). Her grandparents, also gospel singers, are David Sr. (Pop, deceased) and Delores (Mom) Winans.
In 2015, Winans was cast in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series, Greenleaf. Casting for Greenleaf began in 2015 and Winans was cast in a series regular role. The series, which returns for Season Two in March 2017, also stars Keith David, Lynn Whitfield, Merle Dandridge, Lamman Rucker, Kim Hawthorne, Tye White, Desiree Ross, Gregory Alan Williams, and Lovie Simone. Keith David was cast in the leading role of Bishop James Greenleaf, the family patriarch and leader of Greenleaf World Ministries. Emmy Award winner Whitfield stars as Lady Mae Greenleaf, Bishop Greenleaf’s wife. She is the steely and power and money hungry matriarch of the family. Dandridge plays the role of Grace 'Gigi' Greenleaf, Mae and Bishop's middle daughter who returns home with her teenage daughter Sophia (played by Ross) 20 years after escaping from the family. Tye White plays the role of Kevin Satterlee, Charity’s husband, the Bishop’s son-in-law. Lamman Rucker plays the role of Jacob Greenleaf, the eldest, ne’er-do-well son of the Bishop. Hawthorne stars as Kerissa Greenleaf, Jacob’s ambitious and controlling wife, and the school administrator. Williams plays the role of Robert 'Mac' McCready, Lady Mae's brother. Simone plays the role of Zora Greenleaf, Kerissa and Jacob's teenage daughter. She and her cousin Sophia (Gigi’s daughter) are close friends.