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 been publicly criticized. According to him, being gay is a sin and being straight is natural. His wife Victoria, has gotten into many issues publicly. She is considered to be a rude person by most of the public.
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 total net worth is calculated to be around 60 million dollars. The home where he lives with his family is estimated to be around 11 million dollars. His books and media appearances have made him rich enough to continue as pastor for free. One of his books has earned a whopping 13 million dollars according to reports.
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 was met with tragedy. His father died and the cause of death was ruled as a heart attack. His father's death must have sparked his desire to preach as a full time job. Two weeks after the death, Joel began preaching frequently and by the end of that year, he was inaugurated 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|