Joel Osteen Biography
Joel Osteen is a famous American pastor, televangelist, motivational speaker and author, based in Houston, Texas. He is well known for his Lakewood church leadership and sermons.
However, his broadcast sermons are watched by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20 million monthly in over 100 countries.
He is the author of ten books, most of which have ranked number one on The New York Times Best Seller list.
Osteen joined the school at a public school, Humble High School, in the city of Humble, Texas graduating in 1981. After the latter studies, he joined Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma majoring in radio and television communications. However, he did not graduate making him not receive a degree from a divinity school.
In 1982, Osteen went back to Houston and established Lakewood’s television program. In this broadcast program, he produced his father’s televised sermons for 17 years until January 1999, when his father died unexpectedly from a heart attack.
Joel Osteen Birthday | Age
Osteen was born on March 5, 1963, in Houston, Texas, United States. He is 57 years of age as of 2020.
Joel Osteen Family
Osteen is among six children born to John Osteen and Dolores (“Dodie”) Pilgrim in Houston, Texas. His father, John, is a former Southern Baptist pastor and founder of Lakewood Church. This is the church in which Osteen is the current senior pastor located in the back of an old feed store.
Osteen’s older siblings, Paul, Lisa, and Tamara, and his younger sister, April, are also part of the full-time ministry. His step-brother Justin lives in New York where he does missionary work.
Joel Osteen Marriage|Wife
Osteen married Lakewood Church co-pastor Victoria Osteen (née Iloff) on April 4, 1987.
Together with his wife, the duo has two kids, a son, and a daughter.
Joel Osteen Residence | House
Osteen lives with his family in a 17,000 square-foot mansion in River Oaks, with an estimated value of $10.5 million.
Joel Osteen Books
Osteen’s first book, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, was launched in October 2004 and rose to number 1 position on The New York Times Best Seller list.
He wrote his second book, Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day, in October 2007. It also ranked highest on The New York Times Best Seller list and had a first printing of four million copies. Osteen has stated that the book focuses more on relationships and not getting stuck where we are in life.
Joel Osteen Career
Osteen’s father had tried leading him to preach for many years with failure. However, Joel preferred working behind the alter until January 17, 1999, when he accepted his father’s offer and he preached his first sermon.
Unfortunately, his dad, John died six days later of a heart attack. Two weeks after his father’s death, Osteen majored in preaching regularly. Moreover, later that year, Joel was anointed as the new senior pastor of Lakewood Church on October 3, 1999. Since then, Lakewood’s congregation has grown from 5,000 to 43,000.
In 2003, Lakewood Church acquired the Compaq Center, former home of the NBA Houston Rockets.
Renovating the new church cost them $105 million. These renovations included the addition of five stores for more capacity. The church’s 2005 mega opening was attended by an estimated 56,000 people, inclusive of Texas Governor Rick Perry and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Lakewood Church services sermons are watched in over 100 countries. He was nominated by Barbara Walters as one of her 10 Most influential People of 2006. Former US presidential candidate John McCain described Joel as his best inspirational author.
Osteen’s family attended Easter breakfast hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House in 2010.
Joel Osteen Net Worth
Osteen’s 2020 net worth has been reported to be between $40–60 million. However, as the church senior pastor, Joel Osteen says he draws no salary from the church. Despite the church having an annual budget of $70 million, he relies on income from book sales.