Joel Osteen Biography
Joel Osteen born Joel Scott Osteen, is an American televangelist. He was born on March 5, 1963 in Houston, Texas to John Osteen and Dolores Pilgrim.
He attended Humble High School, a public high school in the city of Humble, Texas, from which he graduated in 1981. He then attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he studied radio and television communications, but did not graduate and did not receive a degree from a divinity school.
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He was born on March 5, 1963.
Joel Osteen Wife – Joel Osteen Kids – Joel Osteen Children
Osteen married Lakewood Church co-pastor Victoria Osteen on April 4, 1987. They have a son and daughter.
Joel Osteen Family
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 Net Worth – Joel Osteen House
Osteen’s net worth has been reported between 40-60 million dollars. He lives with his family in a 17,000 square-foot mansion, worth an estimated $10.5 million in River Oaks.
Osteen was raised in Houston, Texas, with a loving family of seven and world-renowned parents in full-time ministry, 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. Over the next few years, Lakewood continued its growth and currently draws more than 45,000 weekly attendees.
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Today the ministry is radically impacting lives all over the world through live, televised, and online church services. Each week, 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.
According to several sources, he has become the most watched inspirational figure in America, and in 2014, Sirius XM launched Joel Osteen Radio, (#128) a channel dedicated to the inspirational messages of Joel and Victoria. Additionally, over the past eight years, more than two million people have attended Joel and Victoria’s Night of Hope events across the U.S. and around the world.
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- Think Better, Live Better
- I Am Number 8
- Daily Readings from Think Better, Live Better
- Wake Up to Hope
- Think Better, Live Better Journal
- Fresh Start
- Piense Mejor, Viva Mejor
- Daily Readings from The Power of I Am
- Think Better, Live Better
- Think Better, Live Better Study Guide
- The Power of I Am
- I Declare for Teens
- Lead Vertically
- Un nuevo comienzo
- I Hope You Dance
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Joel Osteen and Lakewood Church honored by City of Houston for post-Harvey help
Updated On: 15th August 2018
Pastor Joel Osteen, who initially took criticism for not opening the doors of his famed megachurch to those displaced in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, was recognized August 14 by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and city council members for his role in storm relief. Osteen, his family, and his Lakewood Church staff were honored at City Hall.
According to the city, Lakewood helped thousands affected by Harvey’s flooding get back on their feet, including assisting in rehabbing flood-damaged homes.
Turner presented a proclamation to Osteen in recognition of the church’s efforts in the aftermath of the storm. Any council member can request a proclamation, which in this case was initiated by Councilman Jack Christie.
In the early stages of the storm’s wake, many residents wondered why Lakewood Church was inaccessible to those seeking relief. On the first of several heavy rain days, the church cited severe flooding for the cause. But, people quickly took to social media questioning whether the building next to Southwest Freeway was really impacted by the storm.
The day after, Osteen was prepared to help those in need.
“We have never closed our doors. We will continue to be a distribution center for those in need. We are prepared to house people once shelters reach capacity. Lakewood will be a value to the community in the aftermath of this storm in helping our fellow citizens rebuild their lives,” the church said in a statement.
The church also released photos showing the flooding around the church. The church eventually opened its doors, providing shelter, food and other essentials to anyone seeking it. During an interview with Good Morning America, Osteen defended his decision not to open earlier.
“I think somebody created that narrative that somehow we were high and dry,” he said. “None of that is true. This building was a safety issue and we took people in from the very beginning. When somebody’s not in this situation, where, we have nobody in this facility. We were fearing that it would flood. The last thing we would do was put people in it right at the beginning,” he added.
In the same interview, Osteen committed to helping the area recover, saying the church is in it for the long haul. Any citizen can request a city of Houston proclamation for a group or a significant personal achievement through the the city’s website.