Joel Osteen is known as an American preacher and televangelist. He is most famous for being the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church.
Joel Osteen was born March 5, 1963, in Houston, Texas. Joel's father was a former Southern Baptist pastor and the founder of Lakewood Church. He grew up in a big family with five siblings. Joel received his education from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he studied radio and television communications. After college, he returned to Houston and began Lakewood Church's televised programming in 1982.
Joel got married to his wife Victoria in 1987. Together they have had a son and daughter named Jonathan and Alexandra. As a result of his negative stance on gay marriage, he has received public backlash. According to him, being gay is a sin and being straight is natural. His wife, Victoria, has too dragged herself into many issues publicly. The public perceives her as a rude person and arrogant human being. Joel and Victoria do not get a salary for working as pastors at the Lakewood Church. Most of their income comes from donations and publications. Joel's is worth a total of $60 million, and his home is estimated to be around $11 million. His vast richness, the earning from his books, media appearances, and donations enable him to preach as a pastor without salary. A report estimated that one of his books had made a whopping 13 million dollars.
Joel began his career as a preacher on January 17, 1999, after he finally accepted his father's long-standing offer. Six days after preaching his first sermon, Joel met with a tragedy. His father had died suffering a heart attack. His father's death sparked his desire to preach full-time. Two weeks after the death, Joel began preaching frequently, and by the end of that year, The church inaugurated him as the senior pastor of Lakewood Church.
Lakewood's attendance saw a rapid increase from 5,000 to 43,000 members in 1999. A sports arena known as Compaq Center, the former home of the NBA team Houston Rockets, was bought by Lakewood Church in 2003. According to reports, the renovation cost was around 105 million dollars. The renovation spanned 15 months and added five additional stories to expand capacity. During the opening ceremony, there were an estimated 65,000 people in attendance.
|Date of Birth:||05-03-1963|
|Children:||Jonathan Osteen, Alexandra Osteen|
|Birth Place:||Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|Alma Mater:||Oral Roberts University|
|Net Worth:||$40 million|
|Birth Date:||5 Mar, 1963|
|Citizenship:||United States of America|
|Education:||Oral Roberts University|
|Description:||American televangelist and author|
|Net Worth 2020:||60 million|
|Net Worth 2021:||100 million|