John Osteen Pastor

John Hillery Osteen (August 21, 1921 – January 15, 1999) was the founder and first pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, from its beginnings in 1959 until his death in 1999 of a heart attack. His son Joel Osteen then succeeded him as pastor. Osteen earned his bachelors degree from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and his Masters degree from Northern Baptist Seminary. He also held a Doctorate of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University. Osteen began preaching at the age of 17 and initially was ordained as a minister by the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC). He shifted his views toward a more charismatic perspective in 1958 and voluntarily disassociated himself from the SBC. On Mother's Day May 10, 1959 he started what is now Lakewood Church in what was described as a "dusty, abandoned feedstore" in northeast Houston. Osteen founded Lakewood Church in 1959 in Houston, Texas, widely known as "The Oasis of Love in a Troubled World", and developed Lakewood into a body of approximately 6,000 members with an active ministries in televangelism, conferences, missionary support, and food distribution.

Personal details

Date of birth
August 21st, 1921
United States of America
Date of death
January 23rd, 1999 at age of 77
Place of death
Houston, Texas, United States of America
Nondenominational Christianity
Places lived
Arkansas , United States of America
pop. 2,959,373 (2013)




1. John Brown University Colleges/University

John Brown University (JBU) is a private, interdenominational, Christian liberal arts college in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. Founded in 1919, JBU also has regional educational centers in Rogers, Little Rock, and Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Type Private school
2010. 56.8 mil. $
Institution colors
2000 W University St, 72761 - Siloam Springs, Arkansas
2010. 1,710
2009. 1,713
2011. 360
2010. 421
Acceptance rate
2010. 73.0 %
Local tuition
2010. 18.8 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by gender

People attended John Brown University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1959., Baseball Pitcher
b. 1937., Politician
b. 1955., Businessperson
b. 1921.
b. 1957.

2. Oral Roberts University Colleges/University

Oral Roberts University (ORU), based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in the United States, is an interdenominational, Charismatic Christian, comprehensive university with an enrollment of about 3,259 students from 49 U.S. states along with a significant number of international students from 50 countries. Founded in 1963, the university is named for its late founder, evangelist Oral Roberts, and is the largest Charismatic Christian university in the world.

Type University
2010. 39.5 mil. $
Institution colors
7777 S Lewis Ave., 74171 - Tulsa, Oklahoma
2010. 2,645
2009. 2,595
2011. 567
2010. 567
Acceptance rate
2010. 59.0 %
Local tuition
2010. 19.4 K $
Official web page
Wikipedia article

Institution social analysis

Notable alumni by career
Notable alumni by gender
Notable alumni by party membership

People attended Oral Roberts University connected by profession and/or age

b. 1956., Pastor
b. 1964., Pastor
b. 1934., Pastor
b. 1960., Baseball Catcher
b. 1987., Soccer Midfielder
b. 1983., Basketball Shooting guard
b. 1986., Baseball Pitcher

Organizations founded

1. Lakewood Church

Non-profit organization

Date funded

May 10th, 1959

Official web page

Lidership history

1959- Chief Executive Officer


Dolores Osteen


3700 Southwest Fwy, Texas

Wikiedia article

Lakewood Church is a nondenominational charismatic Christian megachurch located in Houston, Texas. It is the largest congregation in the United States, averaging more than 43,500 in attendance per week. The 16,800-seat Lakewood Church Central Campus, home to four English language services and two Spanish language services per week, is located at the former Compaq Center. Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church with his wife, Victoria, who serves as co-pastor. Lakewood Church is evangelical and charismatic in belief.


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