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Merge NEW 2016 Business, ministry, entertainment, sport, and education summit highlighting ministry leaders, business executives, sports stars, and film and television industry titans

Forest Park, IL, February 9, 2016 -Living Word Christian Center today announced the lineup for 2016 Missions and Marketplace Conference (March 27-April 1), presented by the Joseph Business School in association with The Merge Symposium.

The conference will bring together some of the world’s most dynamic ministry leaders, business executives, sports speakers, and artists for a powerful exchange of information that is designed to move you forward. “Taking the Lead” is the theme of this year’s conference, from moving forward to gaining an edge on opposing forces, conclusions are expected to be drawn. To this end, the conference is taking in inspiration from digital marketing tactics like those discussed in this article: https://www.leadjig.com/2020/07/06/5-cs-of-marketing/

Conference founder and host, Dr. Bill Winston, is an acclaimed visionary, ministry leader, author and award-winning entrepreneur himself and believes “this conference is the right place for every attendee to receive the empowerment they need to take them to the top of their industry and transform it.”The conference draws marketplace and ministry leaders from every sphere of society: business, government, sports, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion.

Keynote and workshop speakers include:

Dr. Bill Winston, founder of the Joseph Business School and senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center;
DeVon Franklin, film producer and authorand wife Meagan Good,actress and producer;
Theodore “Ted” Shaw, civil rights activist, attorney and professor;
• Donald Lawrence, music producer and songwriter;
Marcus Lamb, founder and president of Daystar Television Network;
Sophia Nelson, activist, speaker and author;
• Steve Pemberton, author and Global Chief Diversity Officer at


Deloris Thomas, vice president of the nationally accredited Joseph Business School promises “this conference will inspire and challenge attendees to become change agents in the marketplace by bringing their faith into their workplace environment.” This year’s partnership with The Merge Symposium will bring Hollywood to Chicago providing an opportunity for men and women of faith to interact, learn, and partner with leading executives and talent in the entertainment industry.

“We feel honored to partner with Dr. Winston and his team of visionaries,” stated Holly Carter, founder and chair of The Merge Summit and CEO,Releve Entertainment. “Missions and Marketplace is the very foundation on why Merge was created. The dream was to take his mission of winning souls to a creative marketplace where we could impact pop culture, who is in desperate need of an encounter.”

Additional speakers for the conference include:
Tameka Montgomery, associate administrator at the US Small Business Administration, Office of Entrepreneurial Development;
Ellen Rakieten, television producer and CEO of Ellen Rakieten Entertainment;

Laurieann Gibson, creative director, The Haus of Gaga;
Pastor Mark Baker, senior pastor of Greater Works Ministries;
Robi Reed, vice president, Talent and Casting, Original Programming for BET;

Christian Keyes, actor and recording artist;
Bre’ly Evans, actress, host, and motivational speaker;
Mikki Taylor, author and editor-at-large at Essence Magazine;
Brian J. White, actor and producer,
LisaRaye McCoy, actress and entrepreneur;
Apostle Steven Garner, author and founder of Global Strategic Alliance;
Belinda Whitfield, CPA and founder and CEO, Whitfield and Association;
David Cordeau, associate pastor of King Jesus International Ministry;
Traci Lynn Blackwell, senior vice president, Current Programs at The CW Network;
Jonathan McReynolds, Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter.

The conference is at Living Word Christian Center, 7600 W. Roosevelt Road in Forest Park, Illinois.
? Daytime workshops: Thursday,March 31 and Friday, April 1
o 7:30AM to 3:00PM (registration fee required).
o Topics includebranding, leadership development, financial management, organizational strategy, social media marketing and much more.
? Evening sessions:6:00PM to 9:00PM (Free onsite childcare is provided).

The 2016 Missions and Marketplace Conferenceispresented by the Joseph Business School in association with The Merge Symposium, Living Word Christian Center, Living Word Bible Training Center, AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Walgreens.

All speaker information can be found mm.billwinston.org.For more information or to register for daytime workshops, visit the website, call 866.816.4653 or follow @drbillwinston on Twitter.