A Global Landmark
In 2003, Lakewood Church acquired the Compaq Center, former home of the NBA’s Houston Rockets. The next 18 months were spent renovating the arena, and on July 15, 2005, the first of seven weekly worship services was held in the new 16,000-seat auditorium. That first week, Lakewood added over 10,000 new members, and within a year became one of the most popular out-of-town visitor destinations in Houston. Over the next few years, Lakewood continued its growth and currently draws more than 45,000 weekly attendees.
Reaching a New Generation with a Message of Hope
From his earliest memory, Joel Osteen sat at the knee of a father whose entire life was focused on reaching those in need. While John Osteen was a successful pastor, Joel’s first experiences were in the areas of media and business, where he quickly established an international reputation. Turning to media, Joel became a successful television producer, creating the John Osteen television program and developing it into a global outreach. The capstone on his media career was building KTBU-TV55 into a premiere independent television station for the Houston market.
But his father’s unexpected passing in early 1999 opened a new door for Joel, and at that point, he assumed the role of Senior Pastor at Lakewood Church.
Now, with his wife, Victoria, and the leadership staff of Lakewood, this innovative church is poised for the new millennium.
Since 1999, under the leadership of Pastor Joel Osteen, Lakewood has grown in a variety of ways. Lakewood’s commitment to community outreach continues to increase, and its international media broadcast has expanded into over 200 million households in the United States.
There is a new generation rising at Lakewood Church, a generation that doesn’t believe in limits, one that believes all things are possible. Pastor Joel and Victoria are leading this generation with a practical message that is transforming lives. A message of hope, healing, and forgiveness. A message that you can live the abundant life God is calling you to. A message that you can Discover the Champion in You!
"Half the people who watch us don’t go to church. And so that was our goal: How do we get outside of the church? I want to talk to the people who think, 'I’m not a religious person.' When Jesus was here, you know he didn’t stay in the synagogue. He went out in the marketplace, and so that’s what we try to do."
- JOEL OSTEEN