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What is the history of the Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park, Illinois?

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Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park, Illinois, is a multicultural church with more than 20,000 members. It was founded in 1989 by Bill and Veronica Winston.

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At the start of their ministry, Bill and Veronica Winston preached on weekends to gatherings at the Quality Inn Hotel in downtown Chicago. During the gatherings dubbed "Faith Crusades," Pastor Bill preached while his wife played the guitar leading in praise and worship.

The church began with less than 50 members in a space west of Chicago at the corner of Lake and Pulaski streets. After a year and with numbers growing, the church relocated to a suburb of Forest Park, at 7306 West Madison Street. The church was renamed Living Word Christian Center.

The Winstons faced financial challenges to offset the cost of leasing the church premises. Between 1994 and 1997, the church held its services at the Chez Roué Banquet Hall. Over time, the church attracted new members, overcoming the initial struggles.

Later in 1997, the church acquired a 33-acre property that was previously a mall. The first worship service at this location was held on December 31, 1997, with over 5,000 members present. Presently, the church has a grown to a membership of 20,000 with a state-of-the-art worship center.

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