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Meyer was born Pauline Joyce Hutchison in south St. Louis in 1943.
Her father went into the army to fight in World War II and started abusing her sexually after he returned.
Joyce Meyer Divorced Her First Husband After 5 Years Of Marriage.
She maintains that her divorced husband persuaded her to steal payroll checks from her employer which she did.
After her divorce, Meyer frequented local bars before meeting Dave Meyer, an engineering draftsman.
Meyer states that she returned the money she stole from her employer years later.
Meyer was briefly a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in St. Louis.
In 2002, mainstream publisher Hachette Book Group paid Meyer over $10 million for the rights to her backlist catalog of independently released books.
In 2005, Time magazine’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” ranked Meyer as 17th.
Meyer has been given an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity by Oral Roberts University, an accredited institution in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In 2004 St. Louis Christian television station KNLC, dropped Meyer’s programme citing her “excessive lifestyle” and her teachings often going “beyond Scripture” as reasons.
Meyer and her husband Dave have four grown children, and live outside St. Louis, Missouri