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Who is Joel Osteen's wife? Victoria dropped out of university to marry him

Victoria Osteen met Joel Osteen when she was studying psychology but she quit university to marry the pastor
UPDATED JUL 19, 2021
Joel Osteen is married to author Victoria Osteen (Instagram/ @victoriaosteen)
Joel Osteen is married to author Victoria Osteen (Instagram/ @victoriaosteen)

Televangelist Joel Osteen became a hot topic of discussion on social media on July 18 due to his enormous amount of wealth as people called on churches to be taxed. This was after his latest sermon called 'discover your greatness' where he claimed God was responsible for "greatness".

Following the sermon, Osteen also tweeted, "The scripture says, “Every good gift comes from your Father in heaven above.” What He’s destined for your life is not limited by what kind of natural father you had. Your greatness comes from your Father in heaven. What He’s spoken over your life will come to pass." That set of a massive trend of Twitter users slamming Osteen, who owns lavish houses, drives fancy cars and reportedly loves to shop, making him among the richest pastors in the United States. Some of the other pastors who have made headlines in the recent past include John MacArthur, Calvin Roberson and Pat Robertson


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Joel is married to Victoria Osteen. Here is what we know about her.

Who is Victoria Osteen?

Victoria Osteen was born Victoria Iloff in Huntsville, Alabama. She was raised in Houston, Texas, in a conservative Christian household, with her father serving as a deacon and her mother working as a Sunday school teacher. She attended the University of Houston to study psychology when she met Joel. She did not graduate and ended up marrying Joel in April 1987.


She is an author and co-pastor at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas. With an average of about 52,000 attendees per week plus an estimated 7M television viewers, it is one of the largest congregations in the country. In 2003, Victoria founded the Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry where she currently serves as co-pastor. She is a regular feature on the Houston radio station 89.3 KSBJ. She also supports the organizations Feed the Children and The Bridge, a shelter for battered women. 

Her first book called 'Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy and Whole' was published on October 14, 2008, by Simon & Schuster and landed on the number 2 spot on the New York Times Bestsellers list, with 750,000 copies of the initial printing being sold. She also released children’s books in January 2009. The devout couple has a combined net worth of $100M.


Joel and Victoria Osteen's children

They share two children, Jonathan and Alexandra Osteen. Jonathan was born in Houston on April 20, 1995. He has a degree in screenwriting from the University of Texas where he graduated in 2017. Lately, he has been delivering sermons to youth members at Lakewood Church, which makes it seem like he is keen on joining the family business. 

Alexandra was born on November 9, 1998, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020 where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha. She along with her brother perform at the church as members of a band called LYA.