Joel Osteen is an American businessman, author, American pastor, and televangelist. Joel Osteen’s televised sermons have been viewed millions of times. He is equally famous overseas as he is in the United States.
Table of Biography
Joel Osteen was born on March 5th 1963 in Houston, Texas. Similarly, the televangelist is 58 years old. Furthermore, he belongs to American Nationality and was born under the star sign Pisces.
Talking about his parents, he was born to John Osteen and Dolores (Dollie) Pilgrim. His father was a former southern baptist pastor who founded Lakewood Church. Furthermore, he has five siblings. He has two brothers named Paul Osteen, Justin Osteen and three sisters named Lisa Osteen, April Osteen Simpsons and Tamara Osteen. Likewise, he along with his siblings were raised by his parents in Houston.
Joel Osteen is certainly a well-educated man. For High school, he attended Humble High School, located in Humble, Texas. After he graduated from High School Oral Roberts University at Tulsa, Oklahoma. Likewise, he studied radio and television communications but dropped out and did not receive a degree.
Career and Professional life
After he dropped out, Joel Osteen returned to Houston, founded Lakewood’s television program, and produced his father’s televised sermons. Although Joel’s father encouraged him to practice preaching, he had denied it until 1999. When he finally started preaching on January 17, 1999, his father died less than 6 days later. After his father’s death, he was appointed as the head pastor of Lakewood Church.
After a couple of years, Lakewood Church acquired Compaq centre, the former home of NBA Houston Rockets. They renovated the whole place, it cost over $105 million dollars. He already had his television program where he would preach. The show was opened when Joel was only 20 years old back in the year 1982. Since then the show has gathered millions of viewers in the states alone. furthermore, his show Saturday Sermons is now broadcasted to more than 100 countries. Additionally, Barbara Walters included Alexandra’s father – Joel Osteen – in 2006’s Ten Most Fascinating People.
Joel has also written and published books. The first-ever book that he wrote was ‘Your best life now: 7 steps to keep improving your life every day. Similarly, the book was released in October 2007, it went on to top New Yorks best selling list. Furthermore, his second book titled ‘Become a better version of you: 7 steps to keep improving your life every day. Likewise, the book went on to the Top New Yorks bestseller list and had a first printing of three million copies.
Awards and Net worth
Joel Osteen is yet to receive any sort of awards and nominations. Likewise, the senior American pastor has a net worth anywhere between $40-$60 million USD. He has stated that he relies on books for his income and does not take any sort of salary from Lakewood Church despite being the Head church there. Similarly, he lives in a $10.5 million mansion at River Oaks with his family. The American pastor has an elegant yet lavish lifestyle.
Joel Osteen is married to Victoria Osteen. She later became a co-pastor at Lakewood Church. The couple has a son and daughter together. His daughter Alexandra Osteen is a singer and his son Jonathan Osteen is also a singer and social media star.
Osteen is sometimes criticized for promoting prosperity theory, or the prosperity gospel. It is a belief that the reward of material gain is the will of God for all pious Christians. Furthermore, Osteen responded that if prosperity means God wants people to be blessed and healthy and have good relationships, then he considers himself a prosperity teacher, but if it is about money, he does not.
Body Measurements and Social media
Joel Osteen is a fairly tall American. Similarly, he has a charming smile with an equally charming personality. He stands tall at 5 feet 11 inches and weighs around 78 kg. Furthermore, he has brown colored hair with blue colored eyes.
The American preacher is active on social media and often posts on his socials. Similarly, he is active on Twitter and Instagram where he has over 10 million followers on his verified Twitter account. Similarly, he has over 4.5 million followers on his verified Instagram account.