Living Word Christian Center
Mac Hammond is senior pastor of Living Word Christian Center, a large
and growing body of Christian believers in Brooklyn Park (a suburb of
Minneapolis), Minnesota. He is the host of the Winner’s Way broadcast
and author of several internationally distributed books. Mac is broadly
acclaimed for his ability to apply the principles of the Bible to practical
situations and the challenges of daily living.
Mac Hammond graduated from Virginia Military Institute in 1965 with a
Bachelor’s degree in English. Upon graduation, he entered the Air
Force with a regular officer’s commission and reported for pilot
training at Moody Air Force Base in Georgia. He received his wings in
November 1966, and subsequently served two tours of duty in Southeast
Asia, accumulating 198 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in
1970 with the rank of Captain.
Between 1970 and 1980, Mac was involved in varying capacities in the general
aviation industry including ownership of a successful air cargo business
serving the Midwestern United States. A business merger brought the Hammonds
to Minneapolis where they ultimately founded Living Word Christian Center
in 1980 with 12 people in attendance.
After almost 25 years, that group of twelve people has grown into an active
church body of 9,000 members. Today some of the outreaches that spring
from Living Word include Maranatha Christian Academy, a fully-accredited,
pre-K through 12th grade Christian school; Maranatha College, an evening
and weekend college with an uncompromising Christian environment; Living
Free Recovery Services, a state licensed outpatient treatment facility
for chemical dependency; Club 3 Degrees, a cutting-edge Christian music
club which is smoke/alcohol free; The Compassion Center, a multi-faceted
outreach to inner-city residents; CFAITH, an online cooperative missionary
outreach of hundreds of national and international organizations providing
faith-based content and a nonprofit family oriented ISP; and a national
and international media outreach that includes hundreds of audio/video
teaching series, Winner’s Way broadcast, Prayer Notes publication,
and Winner’s Way magazine.
Out of a desire to bless Israel, and in accordance with the Word of God,
Mac Hammond initiated “Israel Feed the Hungry” as a means
to help feed the families in Israel that have been devastated by suicide
bombers. To that end, the congregation of Living Word has generously donated
in excess of $350,000 since the program’s inception in 2004.