Joel Osteen was born in Houston, Texas on March 5, 1963. He was named the Most Influential Christian in America by chruchreport.com
in 2006. His first book, Your Best Life Now, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. After 17 years with his father, producing the church's television program, Joel succeeded his father on October 3, 1999, as pastor of Lakewood Church. Joel had only preached once in his life, the week before his father's death. Today, Lakewood Church services, led by Pastor Joel Osteen, are seen in over 100 nations around the world.