Category: Joel Osteen

Joel Osteen Answers His Critics

HOUSTON, Oct. 14, 2007(CBS) Joel Osteen‘s positive, upbeat can-do message has turned him into America’s most popular preacher and earned him the title of most influential Christian in the country. He pastors the biggest and fastest growing American church and his services are the most watched religious broadcast in the country. As Byron Pitts reports, Osteen was virtually unknown eight years ago, even in his own Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. A college drop-out, he worked behind the scenes producing his father’s television ministry. When his father, Pastor John Osteen, died, he stepped out in front of the camera and

FAA fines Victoria Osteen $3,000

The Federal Aviation Administration has fined Victoria Osteen, wife of Lakewood pastor Joel Osteen, $3,000 after determining she had interfered with a Continental Airlines crew member aboard a flight late last year. And this week, a flight attendant filed suit claiming she was assaulted by Victoria Osteen during that flight to Vail, Colo., for the Christmas holidays.

Rev-ved up over Joel: Country’s hottest preacher hits Hub

He’s the most popular preacher in the country right now – a best-selling author and the “most watched minister” in America. But when asked yesterday about gay marriage during a trip to the bluest state in the land of the free – and the only one where same-sex nuptuals are legal – the Rev. Joel Osteen suddenly got sheepish. “I don’t think it’s God’s best,” the handsome Holy Roller said of homosexuality. “I never feel like homosexuality is God’s best.” When pressed on the issue, Osteen said, “I don’t feel like that’s my thrust . . . you know, some

Relative of Joel Osteen believed slain

Officials continue to investigate mysterious death of pastor’s great aunt HOUSTON – Harris County Sheriff’s Department investigators continue to probe the death of the great aunt of Joel Osteen, the pastor of the nation’s largest church. Authorities believe Johnnie Daniel, 84, was the victim of foul play but have offered little information about the case or how she died. Daniel’s body was discovered about 10 a.m. Thursday inside her northeast Harris County home. She lived alone. Osteen’s mother, Dodie Osteen, is Daniel’s niece. Joel Osteen is pastor of Lakewood Church, which has more than 30,000 worshippers weekly. “Aunt Johnnie was

Joel Osteen is living his potential

Seven years ago, Joel Osteen was running the cameras at his father’s Houston church. Then his father died of a heart attack. Osteen, who didn’t finish college and never attended seminary, took over as pastor. “It was just something that I knew on the inside that I was supposed to do,” recalls the soft-spoken Osteen. It turns out Osteen has a natural gift for the pulpit. His message of positive thinking and living is just what the congregation wanted — Lakewood Church is now the largest church in the country with 40,000 people attending, over four services each weekend. Osteen,

Joel Osteen Heads to Free Press

Megaselling pastor Joel Osteen has signed to do his next book with Free Press. Breaking records with his Warner Faith-published Your Best Life Now, which has sold more than 4 million copies to date, Osteen has signed a one book deal with the S&S imprint for what RBL has now learned is $13 million. The deal gives S&S audio and U.K. rights and was orchestrated by Free Press editorial director Dominick V. Anfuso and Jan Miller of Dupree, Miller & Associates. A fall 2007 pub date has been set. Though Free Press could provide few details on the specifics of

Osteen family leaves plane after dispute

FBI agent says the pastor’s wife didn’t follow a flight attendant’s instructions A dispute involving the wife of Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen delayed holiday travel plans for a planeload of passengers, but few details were released Tuesday. At least some people aboard the Continental Airlines flight were less than pleased after waiting about two hours at Bush Intercontinental Airport while the Osteens left the plane and their luggage was removed, said a woman who witnessed the incident. “She was just abusive,” said Sheila Steele, who said she was sitting behind Victoria Osteen. “She was just like one of those

Wife of Joel Osteen Asked to Leave Plane

HOUSTON — The wife of the pastor of the nation’s largest church was asked to leave a plane after she failed to comply with a flight attendant’s instructions, the FBI said Tuesday. Houston Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen, his wife, Victoria, and their two children boarded a Continental Airlines flight from Houston to Vail, Colo., Monday. The plane’s door had been closed when Victoria Osteen and a flight attendant had a disagreement. “She failed to comply with the flight attendant’s instructions, and they were asked to leave the flight,” FBI spokeswoman Luz Garcia said without elaborating on the disagreement. The