Bill Winston

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Bill Winston
William Samuel Winston [1]

(1943-05-06) May 6, 1943 (age 75)[1]
ResidenceWestchester, Illinois, U.S.
NationalityUnited States
OccupationTelevangelist, Preacher, Visionary leader and business entrepreneur
Spouse(s)Veronica Irene Brown, 1983-present
Children3, Melody, Allegra and David, with Brown

William Samuel Winston[1] (also known as Dr. Bill Winston or Bill Winston; born May 6, 1943) is an American televangelist, preacher, author, and entrepreneur. He is the founder and Senior Pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a non-denominational church in Forest Park, Illinois with over 22,000 members.[2][3]

Winston's teachings, writings, weekly television and radio outreach are circulated through his ministry outreach, Bill Winston Ministries[2][4] and are aired worldwid via his broadcast program Believer’s Walk of Faith. Winston's sermons are also aired on several radio networks within the United States.[5]

Early life[edit]

Winston was born and raised in Tuskegee, Alabama. Winston says he was inspired by the Tuskegee airmen and other local aviators.[6]

Winston met his future wife, Veronica Irene Brown, while working at IBM Corporation. They were married in 1983[3]. Veronica Winston is a leader of Living Word Christian Center, teacher, preacher, intercessor and author. The Winstons are the parents of three children: Melody, Allegra and David; and the grandparents of eight.[4]

Winston graduated from Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama in 1967. [7]After graduation, Winston enlisted in the US Air Force, where he served for six years. [6][8] During this time, he served as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War. In March 1971 he piloted an F-4E Phantom that struck anti-aircraft batteries deep within North Vietnamese territory. The mission won him the Distinguished Flying Cross.[3]

In January 1973, Winston joined the IBM Corporation as a Marketer. He soon was promoted to Regional Marketing Manager in IBM’s Midwest Region. Winston states that during his time at IBM he became spiritually "born again" and felt a call from God into full-time ministry. He resigned from IBM in 1985 [3] and started attending Logos Bible School. In 1996, Winston briefly attended Oral Roberts University.[3]


In 1988, while residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Winston and his wife started a small ministry. They traveled to Chicago every weekend to sponsor a two-day Faith Crusades; the attendance was less than 20 people. By December 1988, Winston moved to Chicago with his family.[4][9] He began a Bible training school, with services held at the Quality Inn Hotel at Madison and Halsted Streets in Chicago. In 1989, it became the “Living Word Church of Chicago.” In 1990 the name changed to “Living Word Christian Center”.

From 1994 through 1997, the church rented space for services at the Chez Roué Banquet Hall in Forest Park, Illinois. Then as the ministry grew the Forest Park Mall, a 33-acre shopping mall, was purchased and the church held its first worship service at the mall on New Year’s Eve of 1997. Since then, the church and its worship facility has expanded into a multimillion-dollar, state-of-the-art worship center.[4] The church’s auditorium is notable for its forward architectural design.[10]

Book Publishing[edit]

Winston has written, authored, and self-published over 15 motivational Christian and Business books, includingTransform Your Thinking, Transform Your Life, Law of Confession, Power of the Tongueand Divine Favor. He has also written mini-books and multimedia resource content.[11][12] Three of his books have been published by Harrison House.[13]

Awards and Recognitions[edit]

  • Distinguished Flying Cross Award by the United States Air Force.[14][15]
  • Air Medal Award by the USAF.
  • Squadron Top Gun Award by the USAF.[8][15]
  • Distinguished Alumni of Tuskegee University.[7]
  • Chicago Tuskegee Club, Incorporated Heritage Award by Tuskegee University.[16][17]
  • Award from the Chicago DoDo chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen.[16]
  • Honorary Doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Friends International Christian University, Florida.[3][5][14][18]


  • Founder of the Joseph Business School and The Joseph Center, a nationally accredited campus and online business school in Forest Park.[19][20][21]
  • Award nomination at the 28th Annual Stellar Gospel Music Award for Winston and theLiving Word Christian Center church choirfor their first church music album project Bill Winston Presents Living Word: Released in the category of Traditional Choir of the Year.[22][23][24]

Affiliated Ministries[edit]

  • Bill Winston Ministries: Winston is the founder of BWM, a global partnership-based ministry with its headquarters in the United States and offices in South Africa.[2][4]
  • Living Word Christian Center, Forest Park, IL[3][4]
  • Tuskegee Christian Center, Tuskegee, Alabama.[5][10][25][26]
  • Faith Ministries Alliance: Winston is the founder of Faith Ministries Alliance which provides a forum for like-minded churches and ministries.[5]
  • Bible Training Center: Winston is the founder of the Bible Training Center which provides bible training classes and a ministerial school.[5][8]


  1. ^ a b c "Birth reference search results: Bill Winston". Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Holmes, Tom (October 4, 2005). "Mega-Church, mega-success". Forest Park Review. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Various (May 7, 2007). "Chicago Tribune – What happened on May 1, 2007". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Holmes, Tom (January 6, 2015). "From storefront to megachurch: Living Word Christian Center turns 25". Forest Park Review. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d e Winston, Bill. "Resources for Christians". Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Piemonte, Mary C. (September 22, 2011). "Forgotten History: Lecture on Black Aviators". We the People Media – Residents' Journal. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Distinguished Alumni". Tuskegee University Office of Communications, Public Relations and Marketing. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  8. ^ a b c "Visionary Leader Dr. Bill Winston Tours Tec-Masters' Facilities" (PDF). Tecmasters. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  9. ^ Gunn, Deborah J. (November 29, 2007). "Church and family". ABC 7 Eyewitness News. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Living Word Christian Center - Forest Park, IL". May 11, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  11. ^ Winston, Bill (September 2, 2008). "Books by Bill Winston". Amazon. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  12. ^ "Bill Winston Teachings Store". Faith Centered Resources. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  13. ^ Winston, Bill. "Dr. Bill Winston – Welcome to Harrison House". Harrison House Publishers. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  14. ^ a b "FICU Alumni Pages – Dr. Bill Winston". Friends International Christian University. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  15. ^ a b Holmes, Tom (September 16, 2008). "Boot camp for the spiritual battle". Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Students receive scholarships at Chicago Tuskegee Alumni Club's annual scholarship luncheon". Tuskegee University. November 11, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  17. ^ "A Great and Successful Event - Celebrating The Tuskegee Heritage Scholarship Luncheon 2013". Chicago Tuskegee Club. November 1, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  18. ^ Winston, Bill (2006). The Kingdom of God in You: Discover the Greatness of God's Power Within. Harrison House Publishers. p. 243. ISBN 1577947967.
  19. ^ "Following God's path to prosperity in hard times". Forest Park Review. July 17, 2012. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  20. ^ "Joseph Business School Open House & Orientation this Fall". Sentinel News Service. September 10, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  21. ^ "Joseph Business School Helps Local Economy by Hosting Free Career Fair". Institute for Human Resources. October 25, 2009. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  22. ^ Brinson, Temia (October 8, 2012). "Pastor and Author Bill Winston's Latest Project, "Bill Winston Presents Living Word: Released"". Rejoice News & Opinion. Retrieved July 24, 2015.[permanent dead link]
  23. ^ "2013 Stellar Awards – Complete List of Nominees". YlR Gospel News. October 26, 2013. Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  24. ^ Montgomery (May 14, 2015). "The Tuskegee Christian Center Tour" (PDF). Brentwood Children's Home. Retrieved July 24, 2015.
  25. ^ Kennedy, Allison (November 27, 2010). "I Believe Faith Conference". Ledger-Enquirer. Archived from the original on 2015-07-24. Retrieved July 24, 2015.

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