Victoria Osteen Biography
Victoria Osteen (born Victoria Iloff), is the co-pastor of Lakewood Church and is an author too. She is the wife of Joel Osteen, the senior pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. She was born on March 28, 1961, in Alabama.
At the age of two, Victoria 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’s father-in-law is the late John Osteen, founder of Lakewood Church and a former Southern Baptist pastor.
As a young woman, Victoria Osteen began 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 in 2003 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 a personal approach are 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, in Huntsville, Alabama. She is 57 years old as of 2018.
Victoria Osteen Family
Mrs. Osteen is the daughter of Georgine Iloff and Donald Iloff, a mathematician with General Electric. The family lived near Marshall Space Flight Center due to her father’s work as a member of General Electric’s Saturn rocket project team led by German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun.
She has one sibling: her older brother Donald Iloff Jr. The family attended the Church of Christ in her young days with her mother teaching Sunday school while her father served as a deacon.
Victoria Osteen Husband
Victoria is married to Joel Osteen, an American televangelist and senior pastor at Lakewood Church. The couple met in 1985 in a jewelry store where Victoria worked as Joel Osteen came in to buy a new watch battery. They wed in April 4, 1987.
Victoria Osteen Children
Joel and Victoria have two children: (son) Jonathan and (daughter) Alexandra, who both serve in the ministry with them.
Victoria Osteen Net Worth
Victoria’s net worth is not known but her husband is estimated at $40.0 million!. They live in a mansion in River Oaks. Osteen’s net worth will surely increase as a result of his success in book writing that continues to sell millions of copies.
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