Joel Osteen is an American pastor, author, and televangelist who is based in Houston, Texas. His televised sermons are watched in more than 100 countries worldwide by over 20 million viewers monthly and over 7 million weekly. As an author, Joel has written ten books that have been ranked in the first position by The New York Times Best Seller list.
Joel was born in Houston, Texas, by John Osteen and Dolores Pilgrim. His father was the founder, as well as the former pastor of the Lakewood Church, where Joel is the current senior pastor. Joel gained his early education from Humble High School, which was a public school in Texas.
He later joined Oral Roberts University, which was located in Oklahoma, where he was studying radio and television communication. Unfortunately, he did not graduate. Neither did he get a degree from the institution.
He returned to his hometown in 1982, where he founded Lakewood’s television program, and he started producing his father’s televised sermons until January 1999, when his father died. He took over the sermons after the death of his father.
Full Name/Real Name:
Joel Scott Olsteen
57 years old
5 March 1963
John Olsteen and Dolores Pilgrim Olsteen
Victoria Osteen (m. 1987)
Alexandra Osteen, Jonathan Osteen
Pastor, author, televangelist
Net Worth in 2020:
Age, Height, Weight & Body Measurement
Joel Olsteen was born on the 5th day of March 1963, and that automatically makes him 57 years old. He is medium built and weight 80 kg, while he has a height of 1.81 m.
Education, School/College University
Joel got his education from Humble High School, which was a public school. He later went to Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma. He went to study radio and television communication. He did not graduate from the university, and neither did he get a degree.
Parents, Siblings, Nationality, Ethnicity, Religion & Political Views
Joel is the son of John Olsteen and Dolores Osteen. His father, who was a pastor and the founder of the Lakewood Church, passed away in 1999 after a heart attack. Joel was born together with five other siblings. He is of white ethnicity, and his nationality is American.
On his religion and political view, Joel has generally avoided discussing some issues like politics, gay marriage, and abortion.
Married, Relationship, Dating, Affair, Girlfriend, Wife, Children
with Wife Victoria Osteen
Joel tied the knot on 4 April 1984. He got married to Victoria Olsteen, who was a co-pastor at the Lakewood Church. The couple are loving parents to a son Jonathan and daughter Alexandra.
Marital status? (single, married, in relation or divorced):
When did he get married? (married date):
4 April 1987
Does he have any relationship affair?
Is Joel Olsteen Gay?
Victoria Osteen (m. 1987)
Alexandra Osteen, Jonathan Osteen
Professional Life and Career
Joel had been producing his father’s sermons for 17 years, and his father had encouraged him to preach for many years, but he never accepted. He, however, gave in to his demands on January 17, 1999, when he preached his first sermon. His father died only six days later.
Two weeks after his father died, Joel began preaching regularly, and a few months later, he was installed as the senior pastor of the Lakewood Church. Since he became the pastor of the church, the number of members has grown from 5,000 to 50,000 to date.
In 2003, Lakewood Church acquired the former home, the NBA Houston Rockets, known as the Compaq Centre. The renovations took more than 15 months at the cost of $105 million. The renovation included adding more capacity as well as five stories.
The Lakewood Church services are watched in over 100 countries, and they are recorded to get 7 million viewers weekly and 20 million monthly. His sermon preparations involve memorizing them and later listening to himself on tape.
Apart from preaching, Joel has written several books. They include; Your Best Life Now, Become a Better You, Your Best Life Begins Each Morning, Hope for Today Bible, The Power of I Am, among many others. His most latest book was released in 2018 and went by the title of Next Level Thinking: 10 Powerful Thoughts for a Successful and Abundant Life.
Awards & Nominations
As per awards and nominations, the man of God has not won any yet. However, the millions of viewers that he has around the world can be termed as a great achievement. He has also managed to “win many souls and bring them to Christ” as he likes to put it. Apart from that, Joel has followers all around the globe.
Joel Olsteen Net Worth, Income & Salary In 2020
As of August 2020, The renowned man of God has a net worth of $120 million. The pastor claims he gets no salary from the church income, and all his wealth comes from the sale of his books. The pastor and his family currently reside in a 10.5 million home, and they are said to have a very luxurious life. They also own many properties.
Rumors and Controversy/Scandal
There has been a lot of criticism on the preaching of Joel as some people term it as the prosperity gospel. Apart from that, many people questioned his character after the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Joel refused to give out Lakewood Church as an emergency shelter to cater for the people displaced by the storm. Joel was in 2011 sued together with the church by The American Dollar band for copyright infringement.
Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.
His Facebook page has around 13k fan likes, and his Twitter account has around 9M followers. On Instagram account, he has around 3.3M followers.
Joel Olsteen is among the most famous and preachers we have today. All his life, he dedicated himself to the church ministry. He followed into his late father’s footsteps and became a pastor. Today, his church has almost 50,000 members. Apart from that, his telecasts get more than 20 million viewers monthly. He seems to be focused on the gospel, and we wish him all the best.