Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America's largest and fastest growing church with over 38,000 attendees. According to Nielsen Media Research, Joel is the most watched inspirational figure in America.
His weekly sermon is broadcast into television markets across the U.S. where it is viewed by seven million Americans each week and more than 20 million each month. His weekly broadcast is also seen in almost 100 nations around the world.
In 2004, his first book Your Best Life Now was released by Time Warner and debuted at the top of the New York Times bestsellers list and quickly rising to #1. It remained on the New York Times list for more than 2 years and has sold more than 4 million copies. His next book, Become a Better You, was released in October of 2007 and was an instant New York Times bestseller, remaining on the list for more than 7 months and selling more than 1.6 million copies.