General Facts and Figures
- Full name: Joel Scott Osteen
- Net Worth: $60 Million
- Occupation: Pastor, TV evangelist and author
- Birthday: March 5, 1963
- Birthplace: Houston, Texas
- Birth Sign: Pisces
- Marital status: Married to Victoria Osteen
- Education: Humble High School and Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Early Life and Education
Joel was born in a Christian family in 1963 in Houston, the United States. He celebrates his birthday on 5th March. While his father was called John, his mother was called Dolores Pilgrim.
Notably, his dad was a Southern Baptist pastor and the originator of the Lakewood Church. Scott grew up in Houston alongside his siblings Alexandra, Tamara, Lisa, and Paul. His other siblings are Justin, April, and Jonathan.
After graduating high school, Joel attended Oral Roberts University. However, he had to drop out in 1981. This move aimed at allowing him to help his father set up a television agency. At the same time, he would help in supervision publishing at the Houston Show.
Being born in a Christian family, Joel found it easy to follow his current career path. Thanks to his noticeable charisma, his father nudged him to take the pulpit from time to time. He did not give in until January 1999.
His ordinance into the church’s six-member board in 1992 was the start of his success. As a board member, it was easy for him to horn his oratory and preaching skills.
Joel Joel took over the leadership of Lakewood Church in 1999, a few days after his father’s sudden demise. His preaching skills were so impeccable that he rose to the senior-most position within a relatively short time. Besides, he readily grew the church membership from 5000 to 40000 in a few months. All this happened, yet he had no divinity training.
His first shot at authoring was in 2004, thanks to his book, 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential. This book attracted many readers, and it even counts as one of his best-known books. He also authored two other books in 2008 and 2009, which all attracted significant readership.
In 1987, Joel married Victoria, a co-pastor at Lakewood. Together, they have two children, Alexandria and Jonathan.
Joel has always stood against same-sex marriage. He revealed this during one of the interviews with CNN.
His inclusion in a widespread tax hoax in 2013 is hard to ignore. This hoax earned the name, The Joel Osteen Hoax.
Joel has an estimated net fortune of $60,000,000.