Joel Osteen, whose full names are Joel Scott Osteen is a famous American televangelist, theologian, author and speaker who has a huge following as a result of his positive sermons and books. He is the current senior pastor of Lakewood Church which was founded by his late father John Osteen.
Joel Osteen was born on 5th March, 1963 in Houston, Texas.
Joel Osteen was born in a family of six where his father was a former South Baptist pastor, and founded Lakewood Church. His mother is Dolores Pilgrim. His father died of heart attack in 1999.
Jonathan Osteen and Alexandra Osteen
Osteen attended a public high school known as Humble high school, in Texas in the year 1981. He later studied radio and television communications at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma but did not graduate. From the year 1982, he founded Lakewood’s television program where he produced his fathers televised sermons until the year 1999 when his father died of heart attack.
Joel Osteen has written several best-selling books including:
-Next Level Thinking: 10 Powerful Thoughts for a Successful and Abundant Life
-Blessed in the Darkness: How All Things Are Working for Your Good
-Think Better, Live Better: A Victorious Life Begins in Your Mind
-The Power of I Am: Two Words That Will Change Your Life Today
-You Can, You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner
-Break Out!: 5 Keys to Go Beyond Your Barriers and Live an Extraordinary Life
-I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life
-Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week
-Living in Favor, Abundance and Joy
-Hope for Today Bible
-It’s Your Time : Activate Your Faith, Achieve Your Dreams, and Increase in God’s Favor
-Good, Better, Blessed: Living with Purpose, Power and Passion
-Your Best Life Begins Each Morning: Devotions to Start Every Day of the Year
-Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day
-Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential
Osteen’s father had always encouraged him to preach for many years, a call which he always declined as he preferred working behind the scenes until January 1999 when he made his first preaching. His father died six days after he made his first preaching. He then began preaching regularly and in October the same year, he was installed as the senior pastor of Lakewood Church. By the year 2014, the congragation had grown from 5,000 to 43,000
-Joel Osteen appeared on Barbara Walters list of the 10 most fascinating people of the year 2006
-John MacCain described Joel Osteen as his favourite inspirational author
-In the year 2010, Osteen and his family attended Easter breakfast hosted by president Barak Obama at white House.
Joel Osteen married Victoria Osteen a co-pastor at lakewood church, in the year 1987. Together they have two children, Jonathan and Alexandra.
Osteens siblings include: Paul, Lisa, Tamara, April and Justin
As of 2017, his net worth was estimated to be between $40 million and $60 million
Osteen has built his family a 17,000 square-foot mansion in River Oaks which is estimated to be worth $10.5 million.
Joel Osteen Quotes
-Don’t make excuses, don’t blame the past. The rest of your life can be the best of your life!
-If one dream dies, dream another dream. If you get knocked down, get back up and go again.
-In difficult times, we’re not supposed to quit believing; we’re not supposed to quit growing.
-Here is the key; you’ve got to send your words out in the direction you want your life to go. You cannot talk defeat and expect to have victory.
-But God didn’t create you to be average. He created you to stand out, to go beyond the norm, to leave your mark on this generation.
-The best decision of your life was to live your life with God at the center. That was the essential first step to living at your full potential.
-Our mind is like a computer. How we program it is the way it’s going to function.
-No matter what’s happening, choose to be happy.
-Words have creative power. They can be very helpful, like electricity. Used the right way, electricity powers lights, air-conditioning, and all kinds of good things. But electricity used the wrong way can be very dangerous. It can harm you, even kill you.
-It takes determination to see a dream come to pass. The question is not will you start, but will you finish.