Lawrence Hailey Winbush was born in Crowley, Louisiana to the late
Reverend LeRoy D. Winbush and Mrs. Olivia Simon Winbush.
He attended Crowley public schools during his elementary through high school
years, graduating as valedictorian of his senior high class. He graduated
with honors from Southern University in Baton Rouge. Bishop Winbush attended
Union Theological Seminary in New York, received his Master of Divinity
Degree from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and his Doctorate
of Divinity Degree from C.H. Mason Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia
(a constituent of the Interdenominational Theological Center). Bishop
Winbush has also been honored with two other doctorates along with numerous
other awards and scholarships.
Bishop Winbush served as 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, served in Korea
and received an honorable discharge. In 1949, he was the recipient of the
American Legion Award.
Throughout his ministry, Bishop Winbush has served his community and the
Church of God in Christ with distinction. He was consecrated to the Office
of Bishop in 1983 as the Prelate of the First Jurisdiction of Louisiana. He
is currently the Pastor of the Gethsemane Church of God in Christ in
Bishop Winbush served as the Chairman of the Congress of National Black
Churches (CNBC), which is comprised of eight major denominations, 65,000
churches, and 19 million members. He is a member of the Board of Trustees
and former Chairman of the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC).
In 1979, Bishop Winbush along with his wife Dr. Mae C. Winbush established
the Gethsemane Christian Academy in Lafayette, which now educates
kindergarten through eighth grade students. They also established the
LaPetite Academy, a development center for newborn through four years of
age. He is the co-founder, along with his wife, of the Roy-Mae Winbush
School in Haiti.
Bishop Winbush is the organizer of the Winbush Bible Institute, established
for the training of Christian workers. He organized the COGIC Credit Union,
which is state chartered. He founded the COGIC Visitor and the Good
Shepherd, monthly newspapers for the church ministry jurisdictional-wide. He
also established the pastoral insurance and widows endowment programs in the
On the national level of the Church of God in Christ, Bishop Winbush serves
or has served on the following:
of the General Board, which is responsible for the governance of the church
Editor-in-Chief of the Sunday School Quarterlies of the Church of God in
the National Publishing Board for 25 years
Curriculum for the Charles Harrison Mason System of Bible Colleges
the Board of the C.H. Mason Theological Seminary
former Chairman of the United National Auxiliaries Convention, now known as
the Auxiliaries in Ministry Convention
the Saints Center Board
the COGIC Bookstore and producer of the COGIC Hymnal
awards and citations, Bishop Winbush has been the recipient of too many to
list here, for both his civic and religious involvement and contributions.
His dedication has made him a giant in the ministry of the Lord and a
blessing to those persons for whom he serves. He is now involved with
numerous civic and religious activities in the area of his domicile.
Bishop Winbush is married to Mae Carter of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; the
father of two married daughters, Vanessa W. Gatlin and Odessa W. Scott; and
the grandfather of three grandsons and two granddaughters.
In summary, Bishop Winbush exemplifies proven leadership. He is an
industrious and astute worker who has proven to be a servant of God. He is a
devoted family man.
Evangelist Mae C. Winbush is a missionary, lecturer, and teacher of the
Gospel, She has been a missionary in the Church or God in Christ since 1959.
She travels extensively throughout the United States and abroad proclaiming
the good news of the gospel. She is a woman of wisdom, widely known for her
organization and leadership skills.
Evangelist Winbush is the devoted wife of Bishop Roy L H. Winbush who is a
member of the General Board of the Church of God in Christ incorporated; the
proud mother of two beautiful daughters; and the lovely grandmother of five.
Evangelist Winbush has numerous degrees, including a Doctorate of Ministry,
Master of Divinity - Christian Life School of Theology, Masters Degree in
Administration, and Supervision from Louisiana State University, and
Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education - Southern University.
She has completed further studies at Columbia University and McNeese State
University. She has also attended California School of Theology and Union
Evangelist Winbush has been instrumental in assisting her husband in
building four churches. She serves graciously as First Lady of the
Gethsemane Church of God in Christ, Lafayette, Louisiana, and the Emmanuel
Church of God in Christ, Opelousas, Louisiana. She is also the President of
the Women's Department at Gethsemane Church of God in Christ, In addition to
these roles, Evangelist Winbush serves in various roles in the regional and
national Church of God in Christ, organizations.
She is the founder, organizer, and principal of the Gethsemane Christian
Academy, and the founder of LaPetite Early Childhood Center. She is also a
writer of Christian education literature for the Church of God in Christ
Evangelist Winbush continues to make an impact in the kingdom of God with
her many talents and anointing in the leadership and organization fields.
She is also committed to sharing the Gospel of deliverance with men and
women around the world.