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Joel Osteen

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Joel Osteen Biography

Move over Robert Schuller, the Church of Laodicea has a new star on the rise in the world of positive motivational Christianity. It's Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, whose motto is "Discover the Champion in You." He is the son of Pentecostal preacher the late John Osteen. But where his dad lacked in charm and charisma the 39-year-old son makes up for it in the style of a Tony Robbins with the looks of a Richard Gere.

Osteen made the list of the Top 20 Influencers of the Pentecostal/charismatic community in the Jan/Feb 2003 Issue of Ministries Today magazine. He was listed with other notables such as Kenneth Hagin Sr., Tommy Tenney, C. Peter Wagner, and Joyce Meyer. "There is no arguing that the following 20 leaders have inspired us, challenged us and in many ways caused us to rethink what it means to "do church" in today's culture," the article boasted. Read Full Bio >>

Joel Osteen Trivia

  • In 1981 he quit college to set up his father's television ministry and worked side by side with him as the editor of their local Houston television ministry show.
  • In 1958 his father John Osteen received the baptism of the Holy Spirit and started Lakewood Church in an old feed store on the poor east side of Houston. John and his wife, Dodie, grew the church and filled all of the 234 seats.
  • Host of television program Lakewood Church; which can be seen in 92 percent of American households.


Joel Osteen Photos

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    Joel Osteen "The Christmas Spirit: Memories of Family, Friends, and Faith" at Barnes & Noble in New York City on December 6, 2010

  • Joel Osteen

    Joel Osteen "The Christmas Spirit: Memories of Family, Friends, and Faith" at Barnes & Noble in New York City on December 6, 2010

  • Joel Osteen

    Joel Osteen "The Christmas Spirit: Memories of Family, Friends, and Faith" at Barnes & Noble in New York City on December 6, 2010

  • Victoria Osteen and Joel Osteen

    Joel Osteen "The Christmas Spirit: Memories of Family, Friends, and Faith" at Barnes & Noble in New York City on December 6, 2010

  • Joel Osteen

    Joel Osteen "The Christmas Spirit: Memories of Family, Friends, and Faith" at Barnes & Noble in New York City on December 6, 2010

  • Victoria Osteen and Joel Osteen

    Joel Osteen "The Christmas Spirit: Memories of Family, Friends, and Faith" at Barnes & Noble in New York City on December 6, 2010

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