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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, Osteen 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 Osteen delivers God's message of hope and encouragement to more than 38,000 attendees. According to Nielsen Media Research, Osteen 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." Osteen 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

Today the ministry is radically impacting lives all over the world through live, televised, and online church services. Each week, Osteen’s sermons are broadcast by television into every U.S. television market and to over 100 nations around the world. In addition, Osteen’s weekly sermons are streamed live over the internet allowing his inspirational messages to reach into virtually every nation. According to several sources, he has become the most watched inspirational figure in America, and in 2014, Sirius XM launched Joel Osteen Radio, (#128) a channel dedicated to the inspirational messages of Osteen and Victoria. Additionally, over the past eight years, more than two million people have attended Osteen and Victoria’s Night of Hope events across the U.S. and around the world.

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