Category: Joel Osteen

Flight attendant suing Victoria Osteen takes the stand

Janet Moses A Continental Airlines flight attendant who is suing Lakewood Church co-pastor Victoria Osteen, accusing her of attacking her on a plane, told a jury Tuesday she had once described Osteen and her husband, evangelist Joel Osteen, as the “devil” and their church a “cult,” but has since changed her opinion.

“I don’t believe they’re the devil,” Sharon Brown said near the end of her testimony on Tuesday.

Victoria Osteen, wife of Christianity-lite preacher Joel Osteen, in court over temper tantrum

Victoria Osteen Osteen and her family were on Brown’s flight from Houston to Vail, Colo., two years ago when, according to court documents, witnesses said Osteen became upset about a spill on the armrest of her first-class seat.

She asked the flight attendants to clean up the spill and when they did not respond quickly enough, Osteen became confrontational, according to documents filed in the civil case that goes to trial today.

Televangelist Joel Osteen shuns lavish lifestyle

He has not taken a salary from his Houston megachurch for two years. He owns one house — the same one he and his wife, Victoria, have lived in for 13 years — and until recently he drove a 9-year-old car he inherited from his late father. Osteen pays his own hotel bills, and there is no private jet.

Preaching Success: Joel Osteen Teaches Positivity

The popular pastor’s message of prosperity and forgiveness attracts massive crowds. Osteen, who has gained international prominence as a pastor and best-selling author, has turned the church into the country’s largest with more than 40,000 members. His followers flock to hear sermons laced with themes of faith and positivity.