Joel Osteen Biography
Joel Osteen full name Joel Scott Osteen, is an American televangelist and the senior pastor at Lakewood Church.
He attended Humble High School in Texas and graduated in 1981. He went on to study studied radio and television communications at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He did not graduate and did not receive a degree from a divinity school.
Joel Osteen never imagined that he would follow so closely in his father’s footsteps. As a young man, his training and interests were behind the scenes in television production though he was close to his father in ministry.
His father always encouraged him to preach, but Joel would politely decline time and time again until one day in October 1999 when his father was admitted to the hospital with kidney complications. Joel finally agreed to preach the next Sunday, and his father passed the following week. Joel’s first sermon was the last his father ever heard. Joel and his wife, Victoria, were suddenly thrust into full-time leadership of Lakewood Church.
Within a year, the weekly service attendance grew from an average of 5,000 to more than 28,000, and additional services were added to accommodate the unprecedented growth. By 2001, according to Forbes magazine, Lakewood had grown to be the largest non-denominational church in America.
In 2003, Lakewood Church acquired the Compaq Center, former home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets. The next 18 months were spent renovating the arena, and on July 15th, 2005, held the first of seven weekly worship services in the new 16,000-seat auditorium. That first week, Lakewood added over 10,000 new members, and within a year became one of the most popular out-of-town visitor destinations in Houston.
Joel Osteen Sermons
Joel’s sermons are broadcast by television into every U.S. television market and to over 100 nations around the world. In addition, Joel’s weekly sermons are streamed live over the internet allowing his inspirational messages to reach into virtually every nation.
Joel Osteen Age
He was born on March 5, 1963 in Houston, Texas as one of six children of John Osteen and Dolores Pilgrim Osteen.
Joel Osteen Father
His father, John Osteen (John Hillery Osteen), was an American pastor and the founder and first pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. He was a former Southern Baptist pastor. He was born on August 21, 1921 in Paris, Texas and died unexpectedly from a heart attack on January 23, 1999 in Houston, Texas. He had six children: Justin, Paul, Lisa, April, Tamara, and pastor Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen Wife
Joel Osteen’s wife is Victoria Osteen. They married on April 4, 1987. Victoria Osteen is the co-pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. She is also an author.
Joel Osteen Children
Joel Osteen Family
Joel Osteen was born to John Osteen and Dolores Pilgrim Osteen. His older siblings, Paul, Lisa, and Tamara, and his younger sister, April, are also involved in full-time ministry. His half-brother Justin does missionary work and is based in New York.
Joel Osteen Salary
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Joel Osteen Net Worth
His estimated net worth is between $40–60 million.
Joel Osteen House
Joel lives in a 17,000 square-foot mansion with his family, worth an estimated $10.5 million in River Oaks.
Joel Osteen Books
- Blessed In The Darkness
- Blessed In The Darkness Study Guide
- Become A Better You, 10Th Anniversary Edition
- Think Better, Live Better: A Victorious Life Begins in Your Mind
- Fresh Start Study Guide: The New You Begins Today
- You Can, You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner
- You Can, You Will Journal: A Guide To Developing The 8 Undeniable Qualities Of A Winner
- The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today
- Power Of I Am Study Guide: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today
- Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps To Living At Your Full…Special 10th Anniversary Edition
- Break Out! 5 Ways to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
- I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life
- Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week Hardcover
- It’s Your Time
- Become a Better You