Joel Osteen is the pastor of America’s largest church, the most popular inspirational figure in the U.S. and a New York Times best-selling author. His first five books, Your Best Life Now, Become a Better You , It’s Your Time, Every Day A Friday, and I Declare have all been #1 national bestsellers. Your Best Life Now was on the NYT Bestsellers List for more than 200 weeks and along with spin-off products has sold more than 10 million units in the U.S. to date. His books have also sold millions worldwide including a million+ copies in both South Korea and Indonesia (the world’s largest Muslim nation). At 2.5 million copies, Become a Better You was the largest first-printing for a non-fiction book in Simon & Schuster’s history while Victoria’s book, Love Your Life, was the largest printing by any publisher in 2008. Love Your Life debuted at #2 on the New York Times Bestsellers List.
In October 1999, following the passing of his father and Lakewood Church’s founder, John Osteen, Joel became the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church. Under his leadership Lakewood’s weekly attendance grew from an average of 5,000 to 43,000 and Lakewood became the largest church in the U.S. according to Forbes, Outreach magazine, and Church Growth Today. In 2003, Lakewood Church acquired the Compaq Center; home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets and spent the next 18 months renovating the arena at a cost of $105 million. On July 15th, 2005 Lakewood held the first of seven weekly worship services in the new 16,000-seat auditorium and within the year had become the most popular tourist destination in Houston, according to the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Joel Osteen’s appeal is truly a 21st century phenomenon. His ability to speak directly to the viewer and to connect personally with them is virtually unmatched today. His reputation for integrity combined with his humble demeanor is respected and admired by millions. His simple message that God cares deeply for each of us and empowers us with all we need to overcome and succeed resonates with millions around the globe, and he brings hope and encouragement to a world that desperately needs to hear it.
Victoria Osteen has always had a passion and energy for life that is contagious. Working alongside her husband, Pastor Joel Osteen, Victoria serves as co-pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas.
Under Pastor Joel and Victoria's leadership, Lakewood Church has grown in every area of ministry and has become the largest and most diverse congregation in America today with over 40,000 attending weekly services.
As co-pastor, Victoria is an integral part of each service at Lakewood and Joel Osteen’s worship events across the U.S. and abroad. As a wife and mother of two children, Victoria is an inspiration and mentor to women everywhere. She is committed to helping women, children and families discover their purpose and reach their highest potential in Christ. Her desire to meet the needs of women led her to found the Women’s Ministry at Lakewood Church to strengthen and develop the lives of married, single and professional women. She also founded the Victoria Osteen Child Literacy Program to get books into the hands of children and help break the cycle of illiteracy in the home. Victoria supports The Bridge (a battered women’s shelter in Houston), and the Greater Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce honored Victoria Osteen with a Community Impact Award in 2006.
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