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.
|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|
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.
2010. 56.8 mil. $
2010. 73.0 %
2010. 18.8 K $
|Official web page||www.jbu.edu|
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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.
2010. 39.5 mil. $
2010. 59.0 %
2010. 19.4 K $
|Official web page||www.oru.edu|
Institution social analysis
People attended Oral Roberts University connected by profession and/or age
1. Lakewood Church
Official web page
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.