Victoria Osteen – Biography, Ministry, and Net Worth

Victoria Osteen is a prominent American author, speaker, and co-pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.

Early Life:

Born Victoria Iloff on March 28, 1961, in Huntsville, Alabama, she has become widely known for her contributions to the Christian ministry alongside her husband, Joel Osteen. Victoria grew up in a Christian household and attended the University of Houston, where she studied psychology. During her college years, she met Joel Osteen, who would later become her husband. The couple married on April 4, 1987, and they have two children, Jonathan and Alexandra.

Growing up, she lived near Marshall Space Flight Center with her family.  Her father, Donald Iloff was a  mathematician with General Electri. He was also a member of GE’s Saturn rocket project team led by German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun.

In 1963, at the age of two, Osteen moved with her family to Houston, Texas, when her father took a position with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She grew up in a southeastern suburb of Houston, near the Manned Spacecraft Center (now known as the Johnson Space Center).

Osteen attended a nearby Church of Christ, where her mother, Georgine Iloff, taught Sunday school and her father served as a deacon. Osteen attended (though did not graduate from) the University of Houston where she studied psychology. She also worked in her mother’s jewelry business. It was while working in the jewelry store that she met Joel Osteen in 1985 when he came in to buy a new watch battery.

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Young Victoria Osteen with Joel Osteen

Victoria Osteen Age

She was born on March 28, 1961.

Joel and Victoria Osteen

Victoria Osteen (née Iloff) married Joel Osteen in April 1987.  The couple would later become co-pastors of Lakewood Church. They couple are blessed with two children; a son and a daughter.

Victoria Osteen - Biography, Ministry, and Net Worth
Joel and Victoria Osteen with their daughter, Alexandria

Victoria Osteen Net Worth

Osteen is estimated to have a net worth of $100 million. That is a combined net worth with her husband of more than three decades,

Ministry Involvement:

Victoria and Joel Osteen became co-pastors of Lakewood Church in Houston in 1999, following the death of Joel’s father, John Osteen, who had founded the church. Under their leadership, Lakewood Church, which is one of the largest churches in the United States, has experienced significant growth in both congregation size and outreach.

Teaching and Writing:

Many know Victoria Osteen for her inspirational teachings that often focus on the power of positive thinking, faith, and the importance of living a victorious Christian life. She has co-authored several books with her husband, including titles like “Your Best Life Now” and “Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy, and Whole.”

Osteen’s first book was entitled Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy, and Whole.  Simon & Schuster published the book and released for sale on October 14, 2008.

In January 2009, Osteen released children’s books published by Simon & Schuster’s Little Simon imprint. Her five-year agreement with Simon & Schuster covers 13 books for children, including a Bible.

Media Presence:

Victoria is a familiar face on television, appearing alongside Joel in the televised broadcasts of Lakewood Church services. The church’s services reach a global audience through various media platforms, including television and online streaming.

Community Involvement:

Both Victoria and Joel Osteen are involved in various philanthropic activities and community outreach programs. Many people know them for their efforts in helping people overcome challenges and encouraging a positive, faith-filled approach to life.


There has been many controversies surrounding Victoria Osteen over the years. For instance, in 2014, a video clip of one of her sermons went viral. In the clip, she made a statement about worshiping God for oneself rather than for God’s sake. This video sparked public debate and criticism.

Despite the controversies, Victoria Osteen remains a significant figure in the realm of Christian ministry. The Christian community recognize her contributions to motivational speaking, writing, and co-pastoring one of the largest congregations in the United States.

Social Media

You can follow her on the following social media platforms:

Instagram: @victoriaosteen

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