Joel Osteen Biography
Joel Osteen is a Texas Christian leader. He is now a televangelist preacher with millions of followers and the author of a number of best-selling books. In 1982, Osteen began his career as a television producer for the megachurch Lakewood Church. He was in charge of establishing the television agency for a local Houston ministry program.
A safe at Lakewood Church was robbed of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Back in 2014, which was a major story. Another bombshell has been released in 2021. On Nov. 10, 2021, while working at the church, a plumber claims he discovered a significant sum of money hidden in a wall. According to Houston police, evidence from the recovered checks suggests that the November crime is linked to a March 9, 2014 theft report at the church involving undisclosed quantities of money.
How old is Joel Osteen? – Age
He was born on 5th March 1963 in Houston, Texas. He turned 58 years in 2021.
Where did Joel Osteen go to school? – Education
He was a student at Humble High School. He went on to Oral Roberts University after that, but dropped out in 1981.
Joel Osteen – Family
Lakewood Church was founded by his father, John, a Southern Baptist pastor. Joel Osteen is the youngest of four siblings.
Joel Osteen married Victoria Iloff, a co-pastor, in 1987. They are blessed with two children.
What is Joel Osteen Salary and net worth?
Joel Osteen does not receive a salary as senior pastor of Lakewood Church. He is one of the top five paid pastors in the country, earning his living from the books he sells.
Joel Osteen Career
Osteen grew raised in the church, following in his father’s footsteps. When his father died of a sudden heart attack in 1999, he was ordained as a priest by the six-member church board in 1992. He took over as head pastor of Lakewood Church from his father. He only began preaching a week before his father passed away. After the publication of his first book, Joel Osteen began to garner national attention.
The book Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living to Your Full Potential was a best seller. Lakewood Church also performed in front of enormous crowds across the country. Even his own church, which he built himself, was growing too tiny. In 2005, they relocated to the Compaq Center, which could hold up to 43,000 people. Osteen’s tour in 2007 included stops in Canada, England, Northern Ireland, and Israel, in addition to the United States.
Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day, his second book, was a smash seller as well.
His “Smiling Pastor” moniker fits perfectly with his preaching of hope and a positive outlook. Joel Osteen emphasizes life’s blessings, such as family health and positive relationships.
Humanitarian Work / Philanthropic Work
The Joel Osteen Ministries, according to their website, are actively involved in feeding the hungry all around the world. They are also active in the healing of the sick through vaccination programs and troublesome youth institutions.
Joel Osteen has been the subject of debate since 2007. His preaching tactics were discovered to be unconventional, and additional examination revealed that he had dropped out of college. In 2011, it was revealed on “Piers Morgan Tonight” that he never attended seminary or received a divinity degree. People thought he was a fraud peddling the prosperity gospel by 2013.
Table of Contents for Major Works
- Now is the Time to Live Your Best Life: 7 Steps to Realizing Your Full Potential (2004)
- 7 Steps to a Better You: Improving Your Life Every Day (2007)
- You Can; You Will Have a Friday Every Day in 2011 (2014)
- The Power of I Am (2015), Fresh Start: The New You Begins Today (2015) (2015)
- Peace for the Season: 40 Devotions for Christmas (2021)
- Peaceful on Purpose: The Power to Remain Calm, Strong, and Confident in Every Season (2021)
- God’s Promises: 40 Timeless Truths for Flourishing in Life (2021)
- You Are Stronger Than You Think: Unleash the Power to Go Bigger, Go Bold, and Go Beyond What Limits You(2021)