bill winston_cc_fc_web.jpgA conference featuring religious powerhouses opened in Miami this week and will continue through Sunday, Feb. 13, at The Words of Life Fellowship Church, 20051 NE 16 Ave.

The “Word of His Power” conference is free and features Illinois-based pastor and business leader the Rev. Bill Winston, Texas-based husband-and-wife duo the Rev. Kenneth and Gloria Copeland and international pastor and author the Rev. Jerry Savelle.

Winston, also a South Florida Times columnist, said in a 2010 interview that he wants to change the way people view the Bible. Shifting perspectives from the hard and tough Old Testament philosophy to the New Testament’s more loving tone, he said, could help people live a more successful life.

“It’s a book of success and people haven’t seen it like that. It’s a love letter,” said Winston, pastor of the 19,000-member Living Word Christian Center in Forest Park, Ill., which he founded.

Winston also founded shopping malls, banks and business schools. Forest Park Plaza, a 33-acre mall that was an eyesore before Winston and his church purchased it, is also home to the Living Word Christian Center's award-winning state-of-the-art auditorium where worship services are held.

According to his website, Savelle was an average blue-collar man who was struggling and needed God’s help. While he considered himself a “nobody,” he said, when he became a believer God told him not to worry about it because He was a master at making champions out of nobodies.

Savelle has gone from being a constant quitter to a man who has written several books, ministered in more than 3,000 churches in 26 countries and has offices in, Australia, Canada, Tanzania and other parts of Africa and in the United Kingdom.

He is host of the Jerry Savelle Ministries television broadcast which airs in 200 countries.

For 42 years, Kenneth Copeland has been delivering what he calls an empowering message that helps men and women achieve success in relationships, health and finances. Gloria Copeland is an author, teacher and ordained minister. The couple minister daily through television, the printed page, CDs, meetings and conventions worldwide.

"Kenneth Copeland Ministries was birthed out of love for the people and a commitment to bring people the Word," Kenneth Copeland says in a statement on his Web site. "Our lives are totally wrapped up in ministering to the people.”

The conference will also feature music performed by Len Mink.

For a complete schedule of appearances, call 305-653-8155 or visit