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Pastor Samuel N. Winston, Jr.

Pastor Samuel N. Winston, Jr. is the fifth leader in succession of the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, appointed in September 2004 by the then Senior Pastor, his father, S. N. Winston, Sr.  He began as an apprentice musician in 1990, and was given the responsibility for the youth choir, which quickly grew to more than 60 young people, who ministered monthly at the church, and travelled across the country sharing God’s love through song. From 1998 to 2004, he maintained the position of Worship Pastor, where he was responsible for overseeing the music, usher, greeter, and audio ministries of the church.  He is an example of servant leadership and as pastor, has become a voice to the Church to uphold the standards of holiness.  Many regard him as eloquent, compassionate and practical leader, with a God‐given gift for encouraging to the total man. 

 As Senior Pastor of the 1,000-member Mount Calvary Church in Dayton, Ohio Pastor Winston’s leadership is transforming lives and enhancing the community through the work of the many ministries offered.    As a compassionate advocate for the advancement of God’s Kingdom, he is committed to accomplishing God’s agenda as both a leader and a laborer, reaping a harvest of souls.  

Under his leadership, the church has given out well over $50,000 in scholarships to deserving members who wish to further their education. He initiated Mount Calvary’s Community Festival which feeds thousands each year during Holy Convocation. And most recently, Pastor Winston travelled with the youth of the church on a domestic missions trip to personally deliver water and other resources to Flint, Michigan. The church also continues to support missionaries, and missionary efforts throughout the world.


With Pastor Winston’s leadership, the Mount Calvary church continues to do great exploits for God. During his tenure, the church has purchased and is currently renovating a new worship facility, to the tune of over $1.2 million – all without debt. Using the vehicle of modern technology, he and Mount Calvary are now accessible world-wide through live streaming, with a viable Facebook presence, and through their weekly broadcast on DATV Spiritual Channel – Mount Calvary has become one of the most watched shows on DATV.


Pastor Winston was educated at the Miami Valley School in Dayton, Oh. After graduation, he attended the University of Rochester in Rochester, NY, and has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Dayton, having double-majored in music and political science.


As a visionary who is both inspiring and influential, his servant leadership is evident in the community as well.   He serves as Chairman of the board of Unk’s Place – a group home for children in the foster care system. He has also served on the board of the Miami Valley School. He serves his state denominational work as a vice-moderator of the Western Union Baptist Association, and as a vice-president of the Ohio Baptist Congress of Christian Education. He has also been recognized by Montgomery County Art Works as an OPUS award nominee, and by Eta Phi Beta Sorority as a Heart of Gold Recipient, and many others. Like many great leaders before him, Pastor Winston is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.


Pastor Winston is married to Elect Lady Chanel Burks Winston. They have three children and many children of love.

Elect Lady Chanel Burks Winston

A native Daytonian, Chanel Winston is the sixth child born to Charles and Linda Burks. After graduating from the Dayton Public School system, Chanel went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management and Global Communications from the nation’s oldest historically Black university, Wilberforce University and later obtained a Master of Science in Education in College Student Personnel from the University of Dayton. 


Chanel is married to Pastor Samuel N. Winston, Jr., the senior pastor of the Mt. Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in Dayton. Utilizing her platform as a Pastor’s wife, Chanel has been dedicated to local, domestic, and foreign service by feeding and clothing the hungry and homeless, participating with disaster relief efforts, providing mentorship and developing educational programs for inner city youth, and caring for orphans. 

Chanel is employed with the University of Dayton and has worked in a variety of capacities. During her time at the University of Dayton, she worked alongside her supervisor to develop and grow a new office, the Office of Student Leadership Programs within the Division of Student Development. In the School of Engineering, Chanel helped carry out the mission of the Diversity in Engineering Center, as the Director of the Women in Engineering Program. In her current position with The Fitz Center for Leadership in Community, Chanel works as the Director of the YESS AmeriCorps Program, where she has been instrumental in recruiting, training, and retaining volunteers who provide service to several local homeless shelters and she is responsible for maintaining healthy community partnerships with numerous organizations. 


Further, through her employment with the University of Dayton, Chanel has provided support to faculty, staff, and students in the areas of intercultural competence, leadership, and team cohesiveness development. Chanel has presented at conferences and workshops, instructed a collegiate leadership course, and has been the guest keynote speaker for variety of events. Utilizing her experience with curriculum development and dialogue facilitation skills, Chanel has recently expanded her work in diversity, inclusion, and equity education outside the realm of higher education to include; corporate, government, and religious organizations. 


Chanel continues to be an active participant in her community, including numerous committees, initiations, and organizational affiliations. She is the proud mother of Nate, Parker, and Bailey Winston. 

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