William S. Winston
A Visionary Leader
A Pastor, CEO and businessman whose unique, bold style of delivery and leadership inspires and empowers people for success by teaching them to apply the Word of God and biblical principles.
Dr. William (Bill) S. Winston is a visionary leader. Born in Tuskegee, Alabama, Dr. Winston was inspired and influenced for leadership by the abundance of 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 the internationally known Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama (now Tuskegee University), 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 he received numerous awards and medals for his superior flying skills. His extraordinary achievement 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, Dr. Winston joined the IBM Corporation as a marketing representative. His exceptional managerial and relational skills rapidly earned him several promotions within the organization. Before he resigned in 1985 to enter full-time ministry, he was a regional marketing manager in IBM’s Midwest Region.
He is founder and Pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a multi-cultural, non-denominational church with more than 20,000 members located in Forest Park, Illinois. The church has a broad range of ministries and related entities including Tuskegee Christian Center, a Bible Training Center, a School of Ministry and Missions, Living Word Christian Academy (a grade school from K-8th Grades), and Faith Ministries Alliance (FMA), an alliance of more than 350 churches and ministries across the U.S. and overseas under Dr. Winston’s leadership.
Dr. Winston is also the founder of the Joseph Business School (JBS) and the Joseph Center for Business Development for entrepreneurs and business leaders. The JBS main campus is located in Forest Park, Illinois with twelve other affiliate campuses across the U.S. and internationally, including schools in London, England; Johannesburg, South Africa; Brazil; India; Belgium; and Dubai. The Joseph Business School also has an online E-Learning program.
Dr. Winston is also the founder of Bill Winston Ministries (BWM), a partnership-based outreach ministry that spreads the gospel through television, radio, Internet, and crusades. Through BWM, he hosts the Believer’s Walk of Faith television and radio broadcast which reaches more than 760 million households nationwide and overseas. He is also the author of several books, including The Law of Confession, Transform Your Thinking, and Training For Reigning.
Dr. Winston’s ministry owns and operates two shopping malls, the 33-acre Forest Park Plaza in Forest Park, Illinois, and Washington Plaza in Tuskegee, Alabama (over 100,000 square feet). The ministry also owns and operates Golden Eagle Aviation, a fixed base operation located on historic Moton Field in Tuskegee, where the famous Tuskegee Airmen trained.
Finally, Dr. Winston is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Covenant Bancshares Inc., a bank-holding company for Covenant Bank.
Dr. Winston received his Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Friends International Christian University. He is married to Veronica and is the father of three children: Melody, Allegra, and David.