This year’s Spring Commencement celebrations will include a message from Tuskegee alumnus and religious leader Dr. Bill Winston. He will deliver the keynote address at the Baccalaureate Service on Friday, May 6 at 10 a.m. CST in the Tuskegee University Chapel.
Winston is a businessman and the founder and senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center (LWCC), a multi-cultural, non-denominational church with more than 20,000 members located in Forest Park, Ill., and Living Word Christian Center-Tuskegee, in Tuskegee, Ala. LWCC has a broad range of ministries and related entities.
In 2015, Tuskegee University president, Dr. Brian L. Johnson, was a featured speaker at the church’s Marketplace Conference. The event invited leaders from around the globe to help inspire and improve the impact of current and aspiring leaders.
“It is my deep honor and privilege to invite a distinguished Tuskegee University alum of the caliber and reputation of Mr. Winston to serve as our 2016 baccalaureate speaker. In addition to his global and national reputation, Mr. Winston and his entities have been a constant supporter through his giving to both Tuskegee’s tradition and its trajectory. Most importantly, he has served as a strong counsel and friend during my stewardship as the seventh president of this illustrious institution,” Johnson said.
Born in Tuskegee, 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. After graduating from Tuskegee University (then Tuskegee Institute) in 1967, he 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, 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.
Winston is also the founder and president of the nationally accredited Joseph Business School (JBS), which teaches practical and biblical principles to empower adults to develop indispensable skills as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. JBS is also located in Forest Park with partnership locations on five continents.
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. Winston also has 882 national and international churches and ministries under his spiritual covering through Faith Ministries Alliance.
Winston’s ministry owns and operates two shopping malls, Forest Park Plaza, in Forest Park, and Washington Plaza in Tuskegee. He is also the founder and CEO of Golden Eagle Aviation, a fixed base operation located at the historic Moton Field in Tuskegee.
He 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.