Victoria Osteen Biography
Victoria Osteen born Victoria Iloff, is the co-pastor of Lakewood Church and an author. She was born on March 28, 1961 in Huntsville, Alabama.
At the age of two, Osteen moved with her family to Houston, Texas when her father took a position with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She grew up in a southern suburb of Houston, near the Manned Spacecraft Center, now known as the Johnson Space Center.
Victoria Osteen began her career as a young woman working in her family’s jewelry business; however, the seeds of ministry were planted in her very early on. Growing up, both of her parents were involved in their local church which set a powerful example for Victoria and her older brother, Don.
Her mother taught Sunday school, and her father was a deacon. As a little girl, Victoria would serve alongside her father, greeting parishioners and helping with the offering. She enjoyed learning about the inner workings of ministry, having no idea at the time that it was her life’s calling.
Many years later, when Victoria met and married Joel, they would regularly accompany Joel’s father on mission trips to India and around the world, reaching out and serving in some of the most impoverished areas of the globe.
Her compassion and passion for ministry grew during these years as she faithfully served in many capacities. Now as co-pastor, Victoria is an integral part of each church service and the Night of Hope worship events across the U.S. and abroad.
As a wife and mother of two, Victoria is an inspiration and example to women everywhere who are balancing responsibilities both inside and outside the home. She is committed to empowering women, children, and families to connect and grow strong with a foundation of faith in Jesus Christ. This commitment and passion led her to begin the Women’s Ministry at Lakewood Church which equips women at every age and every stage in life—at home, in relationships, and in the workplace.
In 2008, Victoria wrote her first book, Love Your Life, which reached #2 on the New York Times bestseller list just two weeks after its October debut, and it was the largest printing by any publisher that year. Victoria is also a children’s author, releasing My Happy Heart box set, Unexpected Treasures, and Gifts from the Heart, which are uplifting, christian children’s books that serve as a resource for parents who desire to raise their children in the knowledge of God’s goodness.
In 2010, Victoria’s deep love for reading and families came together when she founded the Victoria Osteen Child Literacy Program to help get books into the hands of children and break the cycle of illiteracy in the home.
She is also a faithful supporter of community organizations, and the Greater Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce honored her with a Community Impact Award because of her contribution locally.
Every week, Victoria hosts a live, call-in radio show on Joel Osteen Radio, Sirius XM 128. Her practical, down-to-earth wisdom and personal approach is appealing to a wide range of listeners from all walks of life all around the world.
Victoria Osteen Age
She was born on March 28, 1961. She is currently 57 years old.
Victoria Osteen Husband
Victoria is married to Joel Osteen an American televangelist.
Victoria Osteen Children
Joel and Victoria have two children, Jonathan and Alexandra, who both serve in the ministry with them.
Victoria Osteen Net Worth
Information about her net worth will be updated.
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Christians berate Victoria Osteen’s “cheap Christianity”
Updated: January 22, 2015
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Lakewood church’s Victoria Osteen is at the center of a social media storm after daring to suggest that people should “obey” God because it will make them happy.
Osteen’s sermon from last month is making the rounds online. It now has an additional clip from “The Cosby Show” tagged to the end where Bill Cosby simply states,”That’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard in my life.”
The controversy centers around Osteen’s statement that people should, “Just do good for your own self. Do good because God wants you to be happy.”
With her husband Joel Osteen standing beside her, Mrs. Osteen continues that, “When you come to church, when you worship Him, you’re not doing it for God really. You’re doing it for yourself, because that’s what makes God happy.”
The comments were slammed by some Christian writers, with Christian Post columnist Matt Moore titling his piece, “Victoria Osteen and her joy-robbing brand of cheap Christianity.”
At Christian News Network the sermon was labelled indicative of a “me-centered” church.
“She honestly believes that God exists to make us happy rather than holy,” Pastor Steve Camp told the network, “She honestly believes that worship is about our fulfillment rather than His glory. That’s the bottom issue here.”
Mrs. Osteen issued a statement Friday saying she stood by what she said and accused critics of being ridiculous.
“While I admit that I could have been more articulate in my remarks, I stand by my point that when we worship God and are obedient to Him we will be better for it,” Osteen said via email. The megachurch couple are in Louisville, Kentucky this weekend with their,”Night of Hope” series.
“I did not mean to imply that we don’t worship God; that’s ridiculous, and only the critics and cynics are interpreting my remarks that way,” the email continued.
Victoria Osteen has received support from some Christian quarters with other pastors agreeing her critics are merely seeking to feel superior.
“The benefit that we gain from pretending that we don’t benefit (from faith) is the sense of moral superiority to other people,” college chaplain, Morgan Guyton told the Huffington Post.
“I would revise Victoria Osteen’s words to point out that the way we gain true happiness is to forget ourselves because of our delight in God.” Guyton said.