Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, and the bestselling author of books like Your Best Life Now and I Declare: 31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life, has been dubbed “the smiling preacher” due to his toothy smile and upbeat attitude. Here are a few facts about Pastor Osteen and his ministry you might not know.

1. Joel Osteen Met Victoria Osteen in a Jewelry Store

Pastor Osteen and his wife Victoria Osteen met in 1985 when he went to a jewelry store to buy a new battery for his watch. Osteen has shared the story about how he met his wife with the Lakewood Church family.


2. Joel Osteen Takes No Salary From Lakewood Church

People magazine reported in a 2007 feature on Pastor Osteen and his family that the megachurch pastor stopped taking a salary from his Houston church in 2005, as his book deals have proven to be lucrative. The same article reported that Osteen was paid an advance of $13 million for one book.

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