Joel Osteen Biography

Joel Osteen is a famous American preacher and televangelist. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, life, career, works and timeline.

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Birthday: March 5, 1963

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Joel Osteen Philanthropists

Age: 57 Years, 57 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Pisces

Also Known As: Joel Scott Osteen

Born in: Houston

Famous as: American Preacher & Televangelist

Height: 1.82 m


Spouse/Ex-: Victoria Osteen

father: John Osteen

mother: Dolores Pilgrim Osteen

siblings: Alexandra, April, Jonathan, Justin, Lisa, Paul, Tamara

children: Alexandria Osteen, Jonathan Osteen

City: Houston, Texas

U.S. State: Texas

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education: Oral Roberts University, Humble High School

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His trademark smile and his unquestionable oratory talent have won the hearts of over 7 million people worldwide. A televangelist, Joel Osteen is a famous American preacher and is the Pastor of Lakewood Church. He usually delivers sermons in sold out stadiums and sports-arenas. With his spruce good looks and his constant messages of ‘living life to full potential’, ‘living in victory’ and ‘seizing destiny moments’, Osteen is no ordinary preacher. With the number of listeners and audiences he manages to amass, he is a spiritual guru and a religious seminary on his own. After studying fleetingly at Oral Roberts University, he worked in the TV ministry until his father’s death. His works have also made it to the New York Times best-sellers list and have sold reportedly 3 million hardcover copies around the world. His detractors vary from fundamentalists to the evangelicals who claim that his ‘prosperity preaching’ is at probabilities with Jesus’ thoughts and teachings. This persistent positive spiritual leader leads over America’s largest church flock - the Lakewood Church in Houston.

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Childhood & Early Life
  • In 1992, he was ordained as a minister by Lakewood’s six-member board in a hushed ceremony.
  • In 1999, after his father’s sudden demise, he succeeded him as the pastor of Lakewood Church. Just a week before his father’s death, he had given his first sermon in his life.
  • In 2004, he authored ‘Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential’, which went on to become one of his best-known works.
  • He and many of his Lakewood Church personnel journeyed across the nation, giving programs at large venues. In 2005, he moved Lakewood Church into the Compaq Center, which was the earlier arena for the Houston Rockets.
  • In 2007, the tour continued to several countries such as England, Northern Ireland, Israel and Canada. The same year, he also released his second book, ‘Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day’.
  • In 2007, a 12 minute segment on Osteen titled, ‘Joel Osteen Answers his Critics’ was aired on ’60 Minutes’. It was discovered at this point of time that his method of teaching is unorthodox.
  • In 2008, he authored the book ‘Daily Readings from Become a Better You: 90 Devotions for Improving Your Life Everyday’. The subsequent year, he published another book titled, ‘It’s Your Time: Activate Your Faith, Achieve Your Dreams and Increase in God’s Favor’.
  • In 2011, he was seen on Piers Morgan’s show, ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’, where he mentioned for the first time that he never attended a seminary and never received a divinity degree in his life.
  • In 2013, he became the subject of a widespread hoax.
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Major Works
  • ‘Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living Your Life at Your Full Potential’ was released in October 2004 and made it to the New York Time’s best-sellers list. His first publication, this is also regarded as one of his major works. Following the release of this work, he was named one of the ‘Ten most Fascinating People’ and was even ordained as ‘inspirational’ by former presidential candidate, John McCain. The book also earned the significant merit of becoming the ‘fastest-selling nonfiction book in publishing history’.
  • In 2007, he authored ‘Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day’, which made it to the best-sellers list and sold over four million copies in its first printing. This book is also regarded as one of his masterpieces which catapulted him to fame.
Awards & Achievements
  • He was featured on ABC News’ list of ’10 Most Fascinating People of 2006’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • He married co-pastor of Lakewood Church, Victoria Osteen, in 1987. The couple has two children - Jonathan and Alexandra.
  • He openly claimed that he was against same-sex marriages, justifying his proclamation by quoting religious scripture that deems same-sex marriages as ‘sin’, during an interview with CNN.
  • Although he preached a lot about religion and succeeded his father in taking over the Lakewood church, he never studied religion or divinity as a subject.
  • In 2013, Osteen became the target of an epidemic of hoaxes, the most widely-known one being, ‘The Joel Osteen Hoax’.
  • This famous American preacher and televangelist spent more than $90 million to renovate Lakewood Church and made it so humongous that it can now accommodate 16,000 people.

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