A native of Texas, Joel Scott Osteen was born March 5, 1963, in Houston. He is the fourth child to John Osteen and Dolores (Dodie) Pilgrim. Joel married Victoria L. IIoff in 1987. Joel and Victoria Osteen have a boy and girl, Jonathan and Alexandra.
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In 1999, upon his father John‰Ûªs death, Osteen became the pastor of the Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Joel had produced the elder Osteen‰Ûªs televised preaching ministry since 1982. He had founded the Lakewood‰Ûªs television ministry in 1982 after attending Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma, studying radio and television communications.
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Although his father had always wanted and supported Joel‰Ûªs role in his ministry, he had hoped Joel would become a preacher, to continue Lakewood‰Ûªs ministry. This the younger Osteen had always avoided, preferring a more background role in the church. He did respond to his father‰Ûªs urging finally in 1999 and delivered his first sermon. That Sunday would also be the day of his father‰Ûªs passing. Joel refers to this time as the preparation for God‰Ûªs calling.The Joel Osteen Ministries, founded only upon hope in and from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, reaches through television into over 100 million U.S. households and many millions more in 100 countries. One million people weekly are hearing God‰Ûªs word through the ministry‰Ûªs free video and audio podcasts, consistently one of the top five downloaded worldwide.The ministry also delivers food, clothing, and medicine such as vaccines, worldwide as well as supporting abandoned baby and troubled teen centers.The Osteen Ministries operates on a seventy million dollar budget, and being the largest church in the U.S., has over forty-three thousand people in attendance weekly. His wealth, as Osteen says, comes from his book and CD sales and not directly from the church‰Ûªs baskets. His first book sold more than 5 million copies and his second book was about to earn thirteen million, as reported by Forbes in 2009. It is well publicized that Mr. Osteen‰Ûªs wealth is upwards of forty million dollars.How much is Joel Osteen’s Net Worth? $40 Million!