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Pauline Joyce Meyer is an author, speaker, and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries in the United States. Joyce and her husband Dave live outside of St. Louis, Missouri, with their four grown children. Her ministry is based in Fenton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis.
Joyce Meyer was born Pauline Joyce Hutchinson on June 4, 1943. Joyce's father joined the military before she was born. He was among the troopers who battled in World War II. When he returned, Joyce said that her father used to abuse her, which thus influenced her young years sexually. Her father would beat her when her mom would go out shopping or take her swimming alone. She also discovered that her father had abused other young ladies too.
Her sibling, David Hutchison, passed away alone in an abandoned building and was found by a vagrant 30 days after. He had joined the military, where his sergeant acquainted him with medications to assist him with adapting to the repulsions of war. David Hutchison was ten years more youthful and her only sibling. They were both abused in various manners by their alcoholic father.
After serving in the military, David eventually got married and had a child. After he split from his wife, his life fell apart. David got addicted to painkillers and fell into the wrong crowd. He lost touch with his family, unaware that he was spiraling to his eventual death.
Joyce Meyer got married to Dave Meyer. They were married on January 7, 1967. She was previously married to a part-time vehicle sales rep soon after her senior year of high school. The marriage went on for a long time before they got a divorce.
Joyce Meyer has four children with her husband, Dave Meyer; Laura Marie Holtzmann, Daniel B. Meyer, David Meyer, and Sandra Ellen McCollum. They live near the headquarters of her ministry in St. Louis, Missouri.
Joyce Meyer said that she was driving to work one morning and heard God calling her name.
Meyer was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church in St. Louis, an assemblage of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. She started driving an early-morning Bible class at a nearby cafeteria and got active in Life Christian Center, a budding church in Fenton. Within a couple of years, Meyer was the congregation's partner minister.
The congregation became one of the prominent charming places of worship in the region, to a great extent due to her notoriety as a Bible instructor. She likewise started airing a daily15-minute radio station on a St. Louis radio broadcast. In 1985, Meyer resigned as partner minister and established her service, at first called "Life in the Word."
Her radio show was aired from Chicago to Kansas City on six stations. In 1993, her better half Dave proposed that they start a TV service. At first airing on superstation WGN-TV in Chicago and Black Entertainment Television (BET), her program presently called Enjoying Everyday Life is still broadcasting today. She was ranked 17 in Time magazine's "25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America" list in 2005.
Christopher Coleman, the chief of security for Joyce Meyer Ministries, was arrested on suspicion of murder on May 5, 2009, when police discovered Coleman's wife, Sheri Coleman, and two boys dead from apparent strangulation at their home.
Christopher Coleman was convicted of three charges of first-degree murder and sentenced to three life terms on May 10, 2011, following a lengthy trial. According to prosecuting attorney Kris Reitz, the murders were part of a deliberate plan by Coleman to leave his wife for another woman with whom he had been having an affair. According to Reitz, Coleman was afraid that if his extramarital matter were made public, he would lose his job at Joyce Meyer Ministries. During Coleman's criminal trial, Meyer gave pre-recorded testimony.
Sheri Coleman's family launched a wrongful-death lawsuit against Joyce Meyer Ministries, claiming that Meyer's carelessness as a counselor was to blame for the three deaths. According to the case, Christopher Coleman anonymously sent several threatening letters to his family to disassociate himself from the murder. As both Christopher and Sheri Coleman's counselor, Meyer should have had reasonable suspicion that the letters were sent by Coleman and should have warned Sheri. Circuit Judge Richard Aguirre dismissed the case in 2013.
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