Who is Joel Osteen, what is the Lakewood Church pastor's net worth and why has he been criticised over Hurricane Harvey?

PASTOR Joel Osteen has made quite the career for himself preaching about the lord and savior.

The Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, Joel Osteen, has done quite well for himself.

Who is Joel Osteen?

He is a multimillionaire pastor, televangelist, businessman, and author based out of Houston, TX. Joel is also the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His sermons are televised and watched by more than 7 million people weekly. They are also broadcast 24 hours a day on the radio. Joel has been known to try to teach Biblical principles in simple and straightforward ways to focus on the power of love and a positive attitude.

What is Joel Osteen's net worth?

As of 2020, the 58-year-old pastor's net worth was $100 million.

Back in 2003, the Osteen's bought Compaq Center, former home to the NBA team the Houston Rockets, and after renovations had their first service with over 56,000 people attending.

From there, the Osteen's started broadcasting their services worldwide and have over 7 million viewers per week.

Joel has said he gets no income from the church and relies on the sale of his books for his family's income.

Joel published his first book in 2004 titled "Your Best Life Now" and stayed. at the top of the New York Times Bestselling list for 200 weeks.

One year later he published his second book "Become a Better You" which sold over 4 million copies earning him an estimated $13 million in advances and royalties.

He then went on a 15 city book tour and has written 13 other books throughout his career.

Does Joel Olsteen have kids?

Joel has been married to his wife Victoria since 1987, together they have two children together.

Their first child, Jonothan Olsteen, was born in 1995 and is a University of Texas graduate. He is interested in following in his father's footsteps someday.

Their daughter, Alexandra Osteen, was born in 1998. In 2020 she was a student at the University of Texas at Austin and is in the Lakewood Church band LYA with her brother Jonathan.

Their band has come out with multiple singles EP in 2019 called In the Name, Vol. 1. their song, I’ve Got a Fire, has over 150,000 streams on Spotify.  

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