Wintley Phipps is a pastor, world-renowned vocal artist, motivational speaker, and education activist. He is the founder, president, and chief executive officer of the US Dream Academy, a national after-school program that aims to break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration by giving children the skills and vision necessary to lead productive and fulfilling lives. The Dream Academy program offers skill-building, character-building, and dream-building activities in a safe environment, utilizing both one-to-one mentoring and state of the art technology to deliver online academic enrichment to children of incarcerated parents and those falling behind in school.
Born in Trinidad, West Indies, and raised in Montreal, Canada, Wintley has a BA in theology from Oakwood University and an MDiv from Andrews University. He has served on the board of directors for Scholarship America, the Council for Religious Freedom, and Prison Fellowship Ministries, and currently serves on the board for Miss America's Outstanding Teen.
Wintley was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1988 and 1989. He has sung for Presidents Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush at annual National Presidential Prayer Breakfast events and other distinguished celebrations. In 2009 and 2013, he was privileged to serve as the guest soloist for the presidential inaugural prayer service for President Barack Obama at the Washington National Cathedral. In recent years, Wintley has attracted an entire new generation of fans as his performance of "Amazing Grace" has received more than ten million views, making him one of the most watched Gospel music artist on YouTube.
For his work at the US Dream Academy, Wintley has received numerous service awards, including the Excellence in Mentoring for Program Leadership award from MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership; the Oprah Winfrey Angel Network "Use Your Life" award; Philanthropist of the Year from the National Center for Black Philanthropy; and a Distinguished Service award from Loma Linda University. In recognition of his positive global impact through speaking, the National Speakers Association awarded Wintley the prestigious Master of Influence award.
Wintley has served as senior pastor to several churches in the Washington, DC, metro area and currently serves as senior pastor of the Palm Bay (Florida) Seventh-day Adventist Church. He and his wife, Linda, live in Palm Bay and have three sons: Wintley II, Winston, and Wade.