Pastor Winston’s original vision in moving to Chicago was to start a Bible training school. However, as God directed his steps, he was led to start a church and founded Living Word Church of Chicago in 1989. With less than 50 members, the church began meeting in a humble store front located in one of the highest crime rate neighborhoods on Chicago’s West Side, at the corner of Lake and Pulaski streets. After about a year, Pastor sought the Lord about moving the church to a nicer facility, and, a short time later, one of the church members identified a vacant office building that could be used for worship services in the nearby suburb of Forest Park. The new site was located at 7306 West Madison Street, used today for some of the ministry’s administrative offices. With this move in 1990, the ministry changed its name to Living Word Christian Center.