Joel Scott Osteen, born on March 5, 1963, is a well-known American businessman, lay preacher, televangelist, and author. He is affiliated with prosperity theology and has gained popularity through his weekly television services and best-selling books. Based in Houston, Texas, Joel Osteen serves as the senior pastor of Lakewood Church, a prominent religious institution established by his father.
Joel Osteen Early Life and Education:
Joel Osteen was born in Houston, Texas, as one of the six children of John Osteen and Dolores (“Dodie”) Pilgrim. His father, a former Southern Baptist minister, founded Lakewood Church in a disused feed shop, where Joel is now the senior pastor. He attended Humble High School in Texas and later studied radio and television communications at Oral Roberts University, but he did not complete his degree.
Joel Osteen Career:
Joel Osteen delivered his first sermon on January 17, 1999, and became the senior pastor of Lakewood Church on October 3, 1999. The church acquired the Compaq Center in 2003, formerly home to the NBA’s Houston Rockets and AHL’s Houston Aeros, which underwent renovation. Osteen’s weekly service TV broadcast reached millions of viewers worldwide, making him a prominent figure in the televangelism world.
He and his wife, Victoria Osteen, have organized Night of Hope gatherings domestically and internationally, along with the annual stadium event “America’s Night of Hope.” Joel Osteen also collaborated with rapper Kanye West for an event at Lakewood Church called Kanye’s Sunday Service, which drew thousands in-person and many more online.
Joel Osteen Personal Life:
Joel Osteen married Victoria Osteen in 1987, and she serves as co-pastor of Lakewood Church. The couple has two children together. Joel’s family resides in a luxurious $10.5 million mansion in River Oaks, spanning 17,000 square feet. Despite Lakewood Church’s substantial annual budget, Osteen does not draw a salary as the senior pastor and relies on income from book sales.
Joel Osteen Net Worth:
As a successful businessman, preacher, televangelist, and author, Joel Osteen’s net worth is estimated to be $100 million.
Joel Osteen’s journey from a preacher’s son to a prominent figure in the world of televangelism and Christian literature showcases his impact on millions of followers worldwide. Through his uplifting messages and bestselling books, Osteen continues to inspire and motivate people to embrace prosperity theology.