This is the former home of Joel Osteen, an American preacher, televangelist, author, and the Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church, the largest Protestant church in the United States, located in Houston, Texas. He sold the property on 6/24/2011.

Lakewood Church was started by Osteen's father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, out of the back of a feed store. It now averages more than 42,000 attendees at weekly services under Joel's leadership. He spent his early career behind the scenes, helping grow his Father's community to 5,000 members. With his education in radio and television communications, Osteen produced his father's televised sermons for 17 years until January 1999, when his father died unexpectedly from a heart attack, just six days after Joel was persuaded to try his hand at preaching.

The church's attendance currently fills the Compaq Center, former home of the NBA Houston Rockets, which Lakewood acquired in 2003. 56,000 people, including Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry and Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi attended the grand opening service. Currently, services are seen in over 100 countries.

Osteen is also the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, "Your Best Life Now." He has a net worth of $40 million.
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