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Joel Osteen        

Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, Largest Church in the U.S.

Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America's largest and fastest growing church. On July 16, 2005 after completing $95 million dollars in renovations, Joel moved Lakewood Church into its new 16,000-seat home - the former Compaq Center. It is the largest regularly-used worship center in the United States. Each week Joel delivers God's message of hope and encouragement to more than 38,000 attendees. According to Nielsen Media Research, Joel is the most watched inspirational figure in America. His weekly sermon is broadcast into every U.S. television market where it is viewed by seven million Americans each week and more than 20 million each month. His weekly broadcast is also seen in almost 100 nations around the world.

In 2004, his first book, "Your Best Life Now," was released by Time Warner debuting at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List and quickly rising to No. 1. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller for more than two years and has sold more than 4 million copies. "Your Best Life Now" was the first in a long run of successful books for Osteen including the very popular "Break Out."

Joel was named as one of Barbara Walters' "10 Most Fascinating People of 2006" and he was selected as the "Most Influential Christian in 2006" by the readers of Church Report Magazine.

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