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Visionary and Founder

William S. Winston

Visionary Leader

Dr. Winston is a pastor, CEO and entrepreneur, whose unique, bold style of delivery and leadership inspires and empowers people for success by equipping them to apply biblical principles that place a demand on potential hidden within them.

Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Dr. Winston was inspired and influenced for leadership by the numerous educators, scientists, and physicians who surrounded him as a youth, and by the historic aviation accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen who served as his role models. He is a graduate of Tuskegee University (formerly called Tuskegee Institute) in Tuskegee, Alabama, where Booker T. Washington’s and George Washington Carver’s legacies of leadership and invention permeated the environment.

Dr. Winston served for six years as a fighter pilot in the United States Air Force, where his extraordinary achievements in aerial flight earned him The Distinguished Flying Cross, The Air Medal for performance in combat, and the Squadron Top Gun Award.

After completing his military service at the rank of captain, Dr. Winston joined the IBM Corporation as a marketing representative where his exceptional managerial and relational skills earned him several promotions. Before he resigned in 1985 to enter full-time ministry, he was a regional marketing manager in IBM’s Midwest Region.

He is the founder and senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center (LWCC), a multicultural, non-denominational church located in Forest Park, Illinois, and Living Word Christian Center-Tuskegee, in Tuskegee, Alabama. LWCC has a broad range of ministries and related entities.

Dr. Winston is also the founder and CEO of the nationally accredited Joseph Business School (JBS), which teaches practical and biblical principles to empower people to develop indispensable skills as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. JBS is headquartered in Forest Park, Illinois with partnership locations on five continents and an online learning program.

The business school’s ecosystem also includes The Joseph Center, the Joseph Center Foundation, the Small Business Development Center, International Trade Center, Procurement and Technical Assistance Center, Carver Innovation Center, and the R.I.S.E. prison outreach.

He is also the founder of Bill Winston Ministries (BWM), a partnership-based global outreach ministry. BWM produces the Believer’s Walk of Faith television and radio program reaching over 800 million households worldwide. Dr. Winston also has now more than 800 world-wide churches and ministries under his spiritual covering through Faith Ministries Alliance (FMA).

Dr. Winston’s ministry owns and operates two shopping malls—Forest Park Plaza in Forest Park and Washington Plaza in Tuskegee.

Dr. Winston received his Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Friends International Christian University and has received numerous awards and honors for his leadership in ministry, business, and entrepreneurship. He is married to Veronica and is the father of three, Melody, Allegra and David, and the grandfather of eight.