Living Word Christian Center is 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.
In 1988 (while residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota), Dr. Bill Winston and his wife started the ministry on a very small scale. They traveled to Chicago from their residence in Minnesota as they organized two-day Faith Crusades every weekend with an attendance of less than 20 people.
By December 1988, Bill Winston moved to Chicago with his young family by the direction of God with only $200 to continue his calling. Living Word Christian Center started out with the name “Living Word Church”. It began as a Bible training school, with services held at the Quality Inn Hotel at Madison and Halsted Streets in Chicago, Illinois. In 1989 the name of the church was changed to “Living Word Church of Chicago.” In 1990 it took on its present name, “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. The church’s auditorium is notable for its forward architectural design.
Bill Winston’s teachings, writings, weekly television and radio outreach are circulated through his ministry outreach, Bill Winston Ministries (BWM) and are aired around the world via his broadcast program Believer’s Walk of Faith (BWOF).