12 Things You Don’t Know About Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen is a house-hold name in the American Christianity television space as a televangelist and motivational speaker who is also a father of two children, a son Jonathan and daughter, Alexandra.
- Osteen’s televised sermons are seen by over 7 million viewers weekly and over 20 million monthly in over 100 countries.
- Osteen has written seven New York Times Best Sellers.
- His first book “Your Best Life Now” remained on The New York Times Best Seller list for more than 200 weeks.
- His father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, founded Lakewood Church in the back of an old feed store.
- Osteen was born in Houston, Texas, and is one of six children of John Osteen and Dolores.
- His older siblings, Paul, Lisa, and Tamara, and his younger sister, April, are also involved in full-time ministry.
- He studied radio and television communications, but did not graduate and did not receive a degree from a divinity school.
- He preached his first sermon on January 17, 1999 after declining to preach for a very long time.
- His father John Osteen died of heart attack six days after he preached.
- Osteen refuses to preach about homosexuality due to his belief that God likes, accepts, and approves of all people.
- Osteen’s sermons and writings are sometimes criticized for promoting prosperity theology, or the prosperity gospel.
- In 2011 Osteen and Lakewood Church were sued by the band The American Dollar for copyright infringement.
In one of his podcasts the televangelist wrote: “
“When you’re hidden, when you’re in that season of silence, it’s important that you use that time to look inside and deal with things that may be holding you back. You can have the talent to take you somewhere, but if you don’t have the character, if you’re not willing to forgive, if you’re allowing things that you know are not God’s best, that will keep you from your destiny.”