Mega Church Pastor Joel Osteen

Mega Church Pastor Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen stepped into the pulpit of his father’s church at the age of 35. He’d preached only once before. Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, was a congregation of 6000 back then; today, just 10 years later, it’s a church of 45,000. Joel’s television program is the highest-rated religious program in the United States and […]

By Hope 103.2Tuesday 28 Jul 2009Open House InterviewsFaith

Joel Osteen stepped into the pulpit of his father’s church at the age of 35. He’d preached only once before.

Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, was a congregation of 6000 back then; today, just 10 years later, it’s a church of 45,000.

Joel’s television program is the highest-rated religious program in the United States and is seen in 100 countries. His books sell millions of copies and his live events fill stadiums.

Fans adore his positive-thinking messages; critics say he’s more self-help guru than Gospel preacher. Sheridan Voysey caught up with Joel Osteen at the recent Hillsong Conference.