Joel Scott Osteen (born March 5, 1963) is an American preacher, televangelist, author, and the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, the largest church in the United States, in Houston, Texas. His ministry is seen by over 7 million broadcast media viewers weekly in over 100 nations around the world. Osteen has written five New York Times Bestselling books.
Born in Houston, Texas on March 5, 1963, Osteen is one of five children of John Osteen and Dolores ("Dodie") Pilgrim. His father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, founded Lakewood Church. Osteen attended Oral Roberts University but did not graduate, and did not receive a degree from a divinity school.
Osteen married Victoria L. Iloff on April 4, 1987. They have two children, Jonathan and Alexandra. His older siblings, Paul, Lisa, and Tamara, and his younger sister, April, are also involved in full-time ministry. His half-brother Justin does missionary work out of New York.