Who is Joel Osteen?
Joel Osteen is an American pastor, televangelist and author. He is popularly known for preaching prosperity theology, for his televised services and for his bestselling books. Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church, one of the largest Christian congregations in America.
Joel Osteen’s full name is Joel Scott Osteen. He was born on March 5, 1963, in Houston, Texas, the United States to his parents: John Osteen (father) and Dolores Osteen (mother). As of September 2022, Joel Osteen is 59 years old.
About Joel Osteen’s parents
Joel Osteen’s father, John Hillery Osteen was an American pastor and founder of the Lakewood Church. He was born on August 21, 1921, in Paris, Texas, the United States. He founded the Lakewood Church in 1959. John Osteen also ran an eponymously titled television program for 16 years. John Osteen died on January 23, 1999, in Houston, Texas from an unexpected heart attack. John Osteen was 77 years old at the time of his death.
Joel Osteen’s mother, Dolores Pilgrim Osteen founded the Lakewood Church alongside her husband. She is fondly referred to as Dodie by family members and friends. Dodie Osteen was born on October 22, 1933, and she married John Osteen in 1954. In 1981, she was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Doctors said that Dodie Osteen only had weeks to live. At the time of her diagnosis, Dodie Osteen was 48 years old.
However, miraculously, Dodie Osteen survived. Speaking about his mother surviving cancer, Joel Osteen said:
“She prayed, she believed and she quoted Scripture. Thirty-something years later, she is still alive.”
As of September 2022, Dodie Osteen is 88 years old.
About Joel Osteen’s siblings
Joel Osteen has five siblings. They include Paul Kent Osteen, April Osteen Simmons, Lisa Osteen Comes, Justin Osteen and Tamara Osteen.
Joel Osteen’s older brother, Paul Kent Osteen is an American vascular surgeon and medical missionary. He was born on November 16, 1955, in Houston, Texas, the United States. As of September 2022, Paul Osteen is 66 years old.
John Osteen’s other siblings: April Osteen Simmons, Lisa Osteen Comes, Justin Osteen and Tamara Osteen are all involved in full-time ministry work at the Lakewood Church.
About Joel Osteen’s marriage and wedding
As of the time of publishing this article, Joel Osteen is married to his wife Victoria Osteen. Osteen got married to his wife, Victoria in 1987 and they have been together for 35 years and counting.
About Joel Osteen’s girlfriends
Joel Osteen’s most notable relationship at this time is the one he has with his wife of 35 years – Victoria Osteen.
About Joel Osteen’s marriage to Victoria Osteen
Victoria Osteen (née Iloff) was born on March 28, 1961, in Huntsville, Alabama. She is an American author and co-pastor at the Lakewood Church. According to information gathered by DNB Stories Africa, Victoria Osteen runs the Women’s Ministry at Lakewood Church and is committed to empowering women and children.
Joel Osteen met Victoria Osteen in her family’s jewellery store. Apparently, Victoria’s mom, Georgine Iloff, owned a jewellery store where Victoria used to work. It was in that store that Joel and Victoria Osteen met and later tied the knot. Joel Osteen married Victoria Osteen on April 4, 1987. In 1995, they welcomed their first child. Their second child was born in 1998. Joel and Victoria Osteen celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in April 2022.
About Joel Osteen’s children
As of September 2022, Joel Osteen has two children (a boy and a girl) from his current marriage to Victoria Osteen.
List of Joel Osteen’s children
- Jonathan Osteen
- Alexandra Osteen
a. Jonathan Osteen
Jonathan Osteen is Joel Osteen’s first child and son. He was born on April 20, 1995. He is an American singer, music producer, vocal artist and musician. In 2016, Jonathan Osteen helped the Lakewood Young Adult ministry to produce their first album. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017 with a degree in Radio, Television and Film. Jonathan Osteen is currently 27 years old.
Jonathan Osteen’s wife
Jonathan Osteen got married to his long-time girlfriend Sophia Hahn on June 28, 2022. The news of Jonathan Osteen’s wedding to Sophia Hahn had come as a surprise to many fans and supporters of the Lakewood Church as the couple did not share their plans to get married earlier and their engagement was also not announced.
b. Alexandra Osteen
Joel Osteen’s second child and daughter, Alexandra Osteen was born on November 9, 1988. She gained popularity after singing in the televised services of the Lakewood Church. As of September 2022, Alexandra Osteen is 22 years old.