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 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.
Victoria Osteen Career
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.
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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.
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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.
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Family and faith: Osteens speak to thousands at ‘Night of Hope’ event in Indianapolis
Updated On: 11th August 2018
It was a family affair for the Osteens at the “Night of Hope” at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Popular and sometimes controversial televangelist Joel Osteen and his wife and co-pastor, Victoria, spoke to a packed house at the Downtown arena Friday night. More than 7,000 people attended. It was the 188th “Night of Hope,” Victoria Osteen told the crowd. The first event was held in New York’s Yankee Stadium in 2009.
Osteen’s son, Jonathan, sang with the Lakewood worship team throughout the service and gave an impassioned speech about his grandfather, John Osteen — a former Southern Baptist pastor who founded Houston-based Lakewood Church in a converted feed store in 1959.
Starting with around 90 members, the church grew rapidly in the 1970s, Osteen’s son said. Lakewood now has more than 40,000 members. Joel Osteen took over when his father died in 1999. Osteen incorporated the story into a message about “being your best right where you are,” as he spoke about the pressure he first faced when he took over.
Osteen talked about being grateful, overcoming adversity and embracing your God-given destiny.
“Happiness is a choice,” Osteen said. “There’s always going to be some reason why you’re waiting to be happy.”
There’s long been criticism of Osteen’s preaching, with detractors saying he preaches a prosperity gospel that doesn’t focus on hell or the negative effects of sin. Osteen told reporters before Friday’s event that he doesn’t “think much about it.”
“I don’t feel like that’s who I am,” he said. “I talk about reaching your dreams (and) forgiveness. I see that in scripture.”
He declined to comment on President Donald Trump, a professed Presbyterian. “We pray for the president,” Osteen said. “We just pray for him.”
Osteen’s mother, Dodie, talked about her battle with cancer more than 30 years ago. She’d been given a few weeks to live when she was diagnosed, but she said God healed her.
The Osteens reach millions of viewers through weekly televised services at Lakewood, which has at least 40,000 members, as well as Joel’s best-selling books, worship events and radio show. Attendees of Friday’s event were eager to hear what they describe as a positive, uplifting message.
“There’s no black or white (in his message). It’s universal,” Tawanea Bush, 50, said. Bush is the pastor of a church on Indianapolis’ east side. She said she was hoping to be inspired by Osteen’s message.
Pam Kalamaga, 61, and her partner, Ken Wallace, 59, aren’t churchgoers, but they listen to Osteen every Sunday for his hopeful message, Kalamaga said. They traveled to the event from Hebron, a town in northwest Indiana.
Crystal Weldon, 43, of Burlington, Iowa, told IndyStar she drove at least five hours to hear Osteen. She’s attended the event in Des Moines, Minneapolis, Chicago and St. Louis, among several other cities over the years.
“Whenever we can, we just go. We love it.”