William S. Winston
Dr. Winston is a pastor, CEO and entrepreneur, whose unique, bold style of delivery and
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
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
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
He is the founder and senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center (LWCC), a
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
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
Small Business Development Center, International Trade Center, Procurement and Technical
Assistance Center, Carver Innovation Center, and the R.I.S.E. prison
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.