DODIE OSTEEN??God has given Dodie Osteen a mighty ministry of love and compassion. She ministers alongside her husband, Pastor John Osteen, at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, known as "An Oasis of Love in a Troubled World," a mighty ministry...
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DODIE OSTEEN??God has given Dodie Osteen a mighty ministry of love and compassion. She ministers alongside her husband, Pastor John Osteen, at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, known as "An Oasis of Love in a Troubled World," a mighty ministry of love and compassion.??In every service, thousands of people are blessed and lifted as she lovingly and courageously prays for the sick, casts out demons, and ministers with tears of compassion to hurting people. Many testify of healing and deliverance as a result of her anointed ministry.??Dodie has traveled with her husband in many nations of the world, and is the co-host of their national television program. Dodie is a Registered Nurse and holds a Doctor of Humane Letters from Oral Roberts University.?
John Osteen (1921-1999) was born in Paris, Texas in 1921. He was ordained as a Southern Baptist minister just before his 18th birthday. From 1949, Osteen was pastor at Central Baptist Church, Baytown, Texas, and during that time divorced his first wife, Emma Jean Shaffer. He married Dolores "Dodie" Pilgrim in 1954, and the following year resigned his pastorate. Osteen re-entered pastoral ministry at Hibbard Memorial Baptist Church, Houston, Texas, but left in 1958.
After undergoing 'baptism in the Holy Spirit' in 1959, Osteen founded Lakewood Church in an abandoned feed store in Houston, Texas. The membership of this phenomenally successful charismatic church would eventually grow to 15,000.
For many years, John Osteen encouraged his son Joel to preach, but Joel always declined, preferring to work behind the scenes. However, in early 1999 Joel felt compelled to accept his father's invitation and he preached his first sermon on January 17th of that year. Little did anyone know that would be the last Sunday of John Osteen's life - he died suddenly of a heart attack at age 77. Two weeks later, Joel began preaching regularly and later that year was installed as the new Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church.
Joel Osteen is the senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. Listed by several sources as America's largest and fastest-growing congregation, Lakewood Church has approximately 45,000 adult attendees every week. Millions more watch Joel's messages as they are broadcast on national and international television networks. Joel is the author of numerous journals, devotionals, and books, including the "Hope for Today Bible" and the bestseller, "It's Your Time". His book "Become a Better You" has sold over two million copies to date, remaining on the "New York Times" bestseller list for fiv