DR. BILL WINSTON
Bill Winston is the visionary founder and senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park, Illinois.
He is also founder and president of Bill Winston Ministries, a partnership-based global outreach ministry that shares the gospel through television, radio, and the internet; the nationally accredited Joseph Business School which has partnership locations on five continents and an online program; the Living Word School of Ministry and Missions; and Faith Ministries Alliance (FMA), an organization of more than 800 churches and ministries under his spiritual covering in the United States and other countries.
The ministry owns and operates two shopping malls, Forest Park Plaza in Forest Park and Washington Plaza in Tuskegee, Alabama. Bill Winston is also the founder and CEO of Golden Eagle Aviation, a fixed base operator (FBO) located at the historic Moton Field in Tuskegee.
Bill is married to Veronica and is the father of three, Melody, Allegra, and David, and the grandfather of eight.
PASTOR DAVID S WINSTON
David S. Winston is the Youth Pastor of Go Hard for Christ Youth Ministry at Living Word Christian Center, as well as the Director of Bill Winston Ministries; a worldwide outreach ministry based in Forest Park, IL.
During his last year of college, after he had applied to medical school to be a cardiologist, Pastor David heard the voice of God calling him to ministry, saying, ‘You had planned to heal hearts in the natural, but I have called you to heal hearts in the spirit.’ At the age of 22, David accepted the call and began pursuing his Masters of Divinity from Oral Roberts University.
While in Tulsa for school, David met his lovely wife Niki, and together they now have 4 children: Jacob, Jordan, Joshua & Lily.
Together, Pastor David and his wife started Go Hard for Christ Youth Ministry under the commission of his father, Dr. Bill Winston, Pastor of Living Word Christian Center. Through services, events & media, Go Hard for Christ reaches thousands of youth with the transformational power of the Word of God. Go Hard seeks to point youth to their purpose by revealing the truth of God’s Word.
David feels called to teach people how to get their victory in Jesus, encourage people in every area of their lives, and to help point them toward their God-given destiny!
DR. DELORIS THOMAS
Dr. Deloris Thomas is the Vice President of The Joseph Center where her responsibilities include the strategic leadership, business development, and global operational direction for the Joseph Business School (JBS), the U.S. Small Business Development Center (SBDC), the U.S. Procurement and Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), the International Trade Center (ITC), Continuing Education and Professional Development (CEPD), and the Carver Innovation Center (CIC) programs.
Dr. Thomas established and expanded the flagship entrepreneurial program by offering a multilingual online version translated into English, Spanish and Portuguese. She successfully secured national accreditation for JBS.
Dr. Thomas has traveled throughout the United States and around the world to over 60 different countries including Mongolia, India, Nigeria, South Africa, Russia, Bulgaria, Brazil, Nicaragua, and Australia empowering people to become successful entrepreneurs. She has established Joseph Business Schools and expanded global partnerships with 22 locations across five continents including Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, and North America.
Dr. Thomas teaches Marketing and Leadership at JBS and has a diverse business background including over 18 years experience in marketing with consumer products companies. Previously she served as the Corporate Director of Marketing and Media at Living Word Christian Center and Bill Winston Ministries headquartered in the Chicago greater metropolitan area and in South Africa.
Before her work in the non-profit sector, she held several sales and brand management positions with Xerox Corporation, Pepsi-Cola Company, and Kraft Foods as well as strategic planning and business development posts with Sears Roebuck & Company. She served as a National Advisory Board Member to the United States Small Business Administration. Dr. Thomas also served as a Board Member to Integra Ventures, a non-profit marketplace ministry venture capital group designed to facilitate entrepreneurial growth in Eastern and Central Europe. She currently serves as a Board Member for The Merge Summit, an organization designed to bring Kingdom principles to the arts and entertainment industry.
Dr. Thomas was selected for a Notable Woman in Education Award in the May 28, 2018 edition of Crain’s Chicago Business. She serves as a consultant for the OWN Network television series Greenleaf. She authored her first book, Awaken to Leadership.
Dr. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Bentley (College) University, an MBA from the Harvard Business School, and a Ph.D. in organizational leadership with a focus on entrepreneurial leadership from Regent University. Dr. Thomas is happily married with children.