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Joel Osteen

Joel Scott Osteen (born March 5, 1963) is an American author, televangelist, and the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. His ministry reaches over seven million broadcast media viewers weekly in over 100 nations around the world. Born in Houston, Texas, Osteen is one of five children of John Osteen and Dolores ("Dodie") Pilgrim. His father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, founded Lakewood Church where Osteen is the current senior pastor. Osteen married his wife, 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. After 17 years producing the church's television program, Osteen succeeded his father on October 3, 1999, as pastor of Lakewood Church. He had only preached once in his life, the week before his father's death. Today, Lakewood Church services, led by Pastor Joel Osteen, are seen in over 100 nations around the world. Joel Osteen's first book, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential, was released in October 2004. In December

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Joel Osteen -- So White, It's Ungodly!

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So White, It's Ungodly!

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Joel Osteen Shirtless -- Good God, He's RIPPED!!!

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Good God, He's RIPPED!!!

The lord is my personal trainer, I shall not want. Mega-televangelist Joel Osteen hit the beach in Hawaii this week for a little family vacation time with his wife Victoria, his son Jonathan, his… READ MORE >

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Goes on Mission with Joel Osteen

"Survivor" producer Mark Burnett is teaming up with Joel Osteen for a primetime network show in 2012, TMZ has learned.Burnett tells TMZ, the premise of the show is that ordinary people will give… READ MORE >

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Murray's Visit to Osteen Church Not for PR

Murray's Visit to Osteen Church Not for PR

Joel Osteen's right-hand man tells TMZ Dr. Conrad Murray was indeed invited to come to Osteen's church yesterday "to pray and worship," and met with Osteen privately before the service.TMZ first… READ MORE >

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Joel Osteen -- Dr. Murray Invited Himself

Joel Osteen -- Dr. Murray Invited Himself

Joel Osteen's people are ticked ... saying they didn't invite Dr. Conrad Murray to Osteen's service yesterday -- Dr. Murray invited himself.According to sources connected with Dr. Murray ... TMZ… READ MORE >

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Joel Osteen and Murray -- Joined in Prayer

Joel Osteen and Murray -- Joined in Prayer

Dr. Conrad Murray was a guest at Joel Osteen's church in Houston, TX this morning -- and we're told the two shared a prayer together. Sources at the Lakewood Church tell TMZ Murray met with Joel… READ MORE >

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Joel Osteen Invites Conrad Murray for a Pray Date

Joel Osteen Invites Conrad Murray for a Pray Date

Pastor numero uno Joel Osteen will have a special guest at his weekly sermon today -- none other than Dr. Conrad Murray. Sources tell TMZ the doc accused of killing Michael Jackson has been… READ MORE >

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