Joel Osteen Biography, Wiki, Age, Wife, Net Worth, Salary, Children, Family
Joel Scott Osteen, an American Christian preacher, televangelist, businessman, and author. His full name is Joel Scott Osteen. Osteen, who is well-known for his weekly televised services and many books that have achieved best-seller status, is one of the most well-known figures related with the concept of prosperity theology.
Joel Osteen and his wife Victoria Osteen have emerged as new-age leaders in the world of ministry to bring light and hope in the lives of people. Their program is broadcast to over 100 countries across the globe. As co-pastors of Lakewood Church in Houston Texas, they are dedicated to providing a fresh message that is relevant and timely.
Joel Osteen Biography
Joel Scott Osteen (born March 5, 1963) is an American lay preacher, televangelist, businessman and author based in Houston, Texas. Known for his weekly televised services and several best-selling books, Osteen is one of the more prominent figures associated with prosperity theology and a fulcrum of its critics.
Joel Osteen Parents
Osteen was born in Houston, Texas, and is one of six children of John Osteen and Dolores (“Dodie”) Pilgrim. His father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, founded Lakewood Church (of which Osteen is the current senior pastor) in the back of an old feed store. He graduated from Humble High School, a public high school in the city of Humble, Texas, in 1981, and attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he studied radio and television communications but did not graduate. In 1982, he returned to Houston, founded Lakewood’s television program, and produced his father’s televised sermons for 17 years until January 1999, when his father died unexpectedly of a heart attack.
Joel Osteen Career
On January 17, 1999, Osteen preached his first sermon. On October 3, 1999, he was installed as the new senior pastor of Lakewood Church. In 2003, Lakewood Church acquired the Compaq Center, former home of the NBA Houston Rockets and the AHL Houston Aeros and renovated it. According to Osteen in 2008, Lakewood Church’s weekly service TV program was viewed in more than 100 countries. Lakewood Church estimates that 7 million viewers per week watch the services.
Osteen was included on Barbara Walters’s list of the 10 Most Fascinating People of 2006. Former presidential candidate John McCain described Osteen as his favorite inspirational author. The Osteen family attended Easter breakfast hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House in 2010.
Since 2004, Osteen, along with his wife, have hosted Night of Hope events, as well as their annual stadium event called “America’s Night of Hope”, in the U.S. and around the world. The event incorporates contemporary Christian music and inspirational messages to reach the masses at the venue and others watching online. Osteen also hosted an event at his Lakewood Church in 2018, in collaboration with rapper Kanye West, called Kanye’s Sunday Service. As per media reports, the event was attended by 17,000 as well as joined by many people streaming online. He also held his Easter service during COVID-19 with Mariah Carey and Tyler Perry.
Joel Osteen Wife and Children
On April 4, 1987, Osteen married Victoria Osteen, who later would become co-pastor of Lakewood Church. They have a son and daughter. In 2002, his older siblings, Paul, Lisa, and Tamara, and his younger sister, April, were also involved in full-time ministry, and his half-brother Justin was doing missionary work.
Joel Osteen Net Worth
Joel Osteen boasts has an estimated net worth of $1000 million.
Osteen lives with his family in a 17,000 square-foot mansion in River Oaks, with an estimated value of $10.5 million. Osteen says that as senior pastor, he draws no salary from the church, which has an annual budget of $70 million, and that he instead relies on income from book sales.