Did Joel Osteen get divorced? His net worth, house, yacht, church, sermons, family, wife

Joel Osteen Biography

The life of the American televangelist popularly nicknamed The Smiling Preacher is amazing to many Americans, who continued to wonder about the secret behind his success. Joel Osteen is not the regular religious preacher; his style, charisma and soft touch approach to sermons have warmed him to the hearts of many followers. In the same token, many have criticized him for his style of preaching, but despite both criticisms and controversies, his success in the pulpit seems to puzzle his hardest critics. Beyond his pastoral duties, what is the personal life of Joel Osteen, his lifestyle, his wife and family? What his net worth? We bring you the inside information about one of the famous preachers of our time, Joel Osteen; come with us as we unwrap the real story about The Smiling Pastor.

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Who is Joel Osteen?

He is a pastor, an author, and an inspiration to many who follow the Lakewood Church. He is of white ethnic descent and an American national, the son of the renowned pastor and founder of Lakewood Church John Osteen; his mother is Lisa Osteen.

Early life

Born in Houston, Texas USA on 5 March 1963, he was christened Joel Scott Osteen, and grew up one of six siblings – Justin, Tamara, April, Paul and Lisa Osteen. Like other members of the family, he was helping in church activities as a growing child.

Education

Joel attended Humble High School, and matriculated in 1981, then proceeded to the Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma for his college education, studying radio and television communications, however, he didn’t complete this part of his education, leaving the college abruptly to join his dad in church works.

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Joel Osteen Career

After Joel left college, he joined his dad’s church where he initially worked behind the scenes supported by televising the sermons, and did that meritoriously for 17 years until the death of his father, succeeding him as a preacher!

Joel was never formally trained in divinity or underwent formal indoctrination for the job of preaching; in fact, he never took the podium while his father was active. However, he had his only chance at the job on just one occasion when his father could not go on stage due to ill health on 17 January 1999. From that historic day, Joel was inadvertently commissioned to take the place of his father, as John Osteen the founder and lead senior pastor of Lakewood Church transitioned six days afterwards when he suffered a heart attack.

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The events following the demise of his father saw him growing in the spirit, and his style of preaching was a clear departure from his father and orthodox Christian theology. Joel’s sermon and preaching style was simple, upbeat and unassuming, and resonated with the large majority of faithful who felt good and elevated listening to him. Joel changed the beat and rhythm of the Lakewood Church sermons in promoting the goodness of God, a sermon style that earned him the title of prosperity preacher!

After he delivered well-coordinated sermons and attracted more followers with his teachings, he was ordained with the position, and continued to lead the church to greatness as the membership grew quite rapidly from 5000 to 43,000 within a short period, and on 3 October 1999, he was formally installed the senior pastor of Lakewood church.

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The Lakewood Church expansion

With a growing membership and national following of Joel Osteen’s forward-looking church management, the church acquired the Compaq Center, the former home of the Houston Rockets basketball team, and renovated at a cost of $105 million, with a higher capacity of 16,000 seats  in 2003. Upon completion of the renovation, the new nest of the Lakewood Church was officially opened in 2005 with more than 56,000 people and the governor of Texas, Rick Perry, including the US House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi in attendance.

The expansion of the Lakewood Church and the savvy management of Senior Pastor Joel Osteen and dedicated members of the church management attracted more funds from its widely spread church outreaches within the US and overseas. Indeed, the Lakewood church under Joel became one of the most talked about and most followed churches in the US!

His Sermons

Joel’s style of preaching endears him to the hearts of his followers. He chooses to talk more about the goodness of God, and less of what might condemn people and their activities. He wants his listeners to see God as good and always on their side. He encourages positivity and wants people to think well of themselves. He encourages his followers to see life from the bright side and to discard the idea of evil and sin which has plagued our societies for too long. His teachings are about the mercy of God to forgive sins, and save people from troubles.

The Rewards of Integrity

Proverbs 2 says, “God is a shield to those who walk in integrity. He guards their path and watches over them.” There is a blessing on your life that protects you, guards you, because you honor God. When you walk in integrity, you won’t just see God’s favor, you’ll see His protection. He has a shield around you. Click here to listen to, "The Rewards of Integrity”.Video: http://c.osteen.co/VPodcast Audio: http://c.osteen.co/APodcast

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His authorship

Like his preaching, Joel Osteen books are extensions of his sermons, aiming to give people the reality of living a wholesome life in the goodness of God’s mercy. The following are some of the books he authored and published:

  • 2004: “Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at your Full Potential”; hit number 1 on the New York Times Best Selling list;
  • 2007: “Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day”; another New York Times Best Selling book;
  • 2008: “Good, Better, Blessed: Living with Purpose, Power and Passion”;
  • 2009: “Hope for Today Bible”;
  • 2011: Every Day a Friday: How to Be Happier 7 Days a Week;
  • 2012: I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life;
  • 2014: You Can, You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner;
  • 2016: Think Better, Live Better: A Victorious Life Begins in Your Mind;
  • 2017: Blessed in the Darkness: How All Things Are Working for Your Good.

Family

Joel Osteen wedded Victoria IIoff, a co-pastor on 4 April 1987, and the union has produced a son name Jonathan Osteen born on 20 April 1995, and a daughter christened Alexandra Osteen born 9 November 1999. Both graduated from the University of Texas at Austin.

Controversies

Joel Osteen is not without his fair share of controversies typical of celebrities, but his criticism has a different color due to the sensitive job he does as a preacher of the word of God. One of his major criticisms is his style of preaching, which some people condemn as giving too much prominence to prosperity. Another critique is his departure from the traditional method of preaching by most men of God.

At the height of the controversies that engulfed the Smiling Preacher was the Hurricane Harvey crisis in August 2017, for not making the church available to emergency shelter seekers who were displaced by the storm. However, our finding shows that the Lakewood church itself had its fair share of disaster, and the premises were apparently submerged at the time.

The church also faced a lawsuit from aggrieved parents who fingered it for the injuries their 18-month-old daughter suffered as a result of a dispute in May 2014 at the church; insurance settled the case.

His Net Worth and Lifestyle

Joel Osteen is listed among the richest pastors in America. His net worth is estimated to be $40 million as of 2017. Joel does what he preaches, and this is exemplified in his luxurious lifestyle. He is among the wealthiest pastors in the US, and according to him “it’s God’s will for you to live in prosperity instead of poverty.” He lives in a $10.5 million house, and owns exotic cars.

Our findings revealed that the talk about Joel Osteen owning a yacht is a rumor, and a part of the controversies to discredit him.

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26 Comments

  1. I don’t know who wrote this but God bless you…I love to see people who say hey this man lives what he preaches and thats why he’s blessed.

  2. Joel how much money is enough? You say your a man of god. Then why dont you help the poor? I know why GREED. Shame on you and your family. Well god bless you and remember. It is easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle then a rich man to get into heaven

    1. Wow what a thing to say to a man of God. I have followed him for years and he is a true man of God. IF he left it would make him look bad. He does not take money from the church. All his net worth are from things that he his self did, ie booms, appearances etc. He is a wonderful human being and does more good than a lot of these so called preachers. Lastly he does help the poor and much much more. Seems to me that you are jealous not only because he has money that he deserves but also because he’s a GREAT human being. Just maybe you lack that characteristic. I have nothing and could use some small things even health wise yet I would never think just because he has money he should help me.

    2. Your have a poverty mentality. You erroneously believe that the wealthy owe you or others something just because they are successful.

      On another note, his ministries help thousands of people. What are you doing, simply casting stones? What a hypocrite.

      1. Joel Osteen is successful in just one aspect. That would be convincing the masses to send money to him. If he ONLY takes $200,000 per year, how can he afford his home(s), and aircraft? He is a leech on mankind.

    3. That’s metaphor, I imagine even Jesus used them. Money and prosperity aren’t evil, it’s the myriad bad influences they have that makes Heaven less attainable. It’s not evil when a MLB star signs a big contract, he’s wisely providing for family and helping the economy. It’s far easier for a poor men to turn to God, but more motivating and humbling for a rich man to grow in faith and righteousness. Joel Osteen brings Hope, Faith and God’s Word to millions, does good works grand and small, walks it like he talks it and helps the economy in the process. If the man wants a cool car or 2, he’s human, he’s earned them. It’s easy to judge and breakdown the spirit of others, but to know yourself takes a lifetime. God loves us so much, He took away the burden of judgement for Himself, it’s too heavy for us to bear. God bless you sincerely, Sir. Go forth and prosper.

    4. Joel Osteen does NOT live in River Oaks. He does NOT drive expensive sports cars. He does NOT own a yacht. I know.

    1. Your have a poverty mentality. You erroneously believe that the wealthy owe you or others something just because they are successful.

      On another note, his ministries help thousands of people. What are you doing, simply casting stones? What a hypocrite.

    2. Joel Osteen is not God. Why hold him to impossible standards you can’t even conceive? And, since no one truly knows the mind of God, how do you know what Jesus had or didn’t? He worked, so He at owned tools at the least. Jesus is God. He turned loaves of bread and fish into a feast; brought the dead to life, walked on water… People need money to live and grow, schools and churches need money to teach and provide services to the community, the government needs money to do whatever it is that the government does, God doesn’t. Was the pillow even invented 2 millennia ago?!

    1. He takes ZERO salary from the church and lives on the proceeds from his book sales. Is that too much wealth for you?

    1. What a buffoon! He helps so many people, the poor, the sick and many good causes, and delivers messages of positivity.

      Meanwhile, losers like you are quick to judge and yet not lift a fi for to be kind or helpful.

  3. Doing God’s work on earth, providing Hope, Faith and God’s Word to millions in true need, truly loving what you do and making money in the process… sounds like a Win, Win, Win to me! We judge others so easily, but are so quick to excuse, or worse, blame others for our own shortcomings, bad choices and career paths. What is too much money? Depends on who’s hands it’s in.

  4. As Jesus taught, His message was not primarily to make people feel good nor to promote economic wealth. He preached the absolute necessity of being born again. His message declared “Go and sin no more”. He taught that there is a heaven and a hell and how to avoid one and to reach the other. I’m afraid Mr. Osteen has tragically omitted the fundamental purpose of Christ’s presence on earth. “He came to seek and to save that which was lost”. That includes you and me. Have you heard that message preached from the pulpit of Mr. Osteen? I have not. He seems to be a very nice man…a good speaker and to possess the personality of the kind of man we’d all like to live next door to. He is so positive, so bright, so encouraging! However, those are not the attributes Christ taught as traits essential to eternal life with God in heaven. “ALL HAVE SINNED AND FALL SHORT OF THE GLORY OF GOD”.
    “REPENT…BE BORN AGAIN…” That would be my prayer for any…all who read this. No, I am not a preacher. But I am a believer. I would yell my head off to awaken my neighbor if his house was on fire at 2am. That doesn’t take a fireman!

  5. I just thank God for giving Pastor Joel the anointing of communication – with which he has brought so many people, including myself, out of a life of hopelessness into a life of faith in God, being saved and knowing Jesus as my Lord, saviour and friend. I pray God continue to bless this upstanding man, his ministry, his family and all of you reading this whatever your opinion. IJHNIP

  6. I really enjoy Joel Osteen’s uplifting sermon’s. He is a wonderful example of a man of God and he he preaches the word of God.

  7. Sorry to burst your bubble . But Joel will spend all eternity, in the deeps of Hell unless he repents. If you think he is a man of GOD, you are being fouled and swindled out of your money. Joel does not believe in the Deity of Christ our Savior. He speaks of GOD but he doesn’t believe that Christ was born, lived a paupers life, along with the apostles. The Jews and Romans didn’t take his life, they only carried out the plan. GOD Killed His Son. And at the age of 33, he was tortured, and beaten, and carried his own cross, they shoved thorny vines on his head, for a crown, hammered spikes in his hands and feet. Then hoisted Him up on a tree. He didn’t utter a sound. Like a lamb led to slaughter. GOD killed His only Begotten Son. That who so ever believeth in Him (Christ) shall have ever lasting life. You can’t have the Father and not the Son. Christ crucified is the only way to GOD. This was the eternal plan. So that those who believed on his Son, that He died was buried and rose the third day. GOD is Love! but through His Son only. Repent! and ask Christ to come into your heart, and forgive you of your sins, sincerely! And you shall be SAVED. It’s Just That Simple! You will never regret it, promise.

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