John Osteen began Lakewood Church in a dusty, abandoned feed store on Mother's Day 1959. Even in those early days amid those humble surroundings, the young pastor and founder of Lakewood Church could best be described with the words, "No Limits." His legendary phrase reaching the unreached and telling the untold was the hallmark of his extraordinary dream to reach the ends of the earth with the message of God's love.
The late John Osteen served the Lord Jesus Christ as pastor, evangelist, author, and teacher for sixty years. Ordained as a Southern Baptist, he received the baptism in the Holy Ghost in 1958, an experience which revolutionized his ministry into a worldwide outreach for Jesus Christ. He traveled extensively throughout the world, taking the message of God's love, healing and power to people of all nations.
John Osteen founded Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, widely known as "The Oasis of Love in a Troubled World", where his son Joel Osteen continues to minister to thousands weekly. John Osteen held a Bachelor's Degree from John Brown University, a Master's Degree from Northern Baptist Seminary, a Doctor of Letters from Indiana Christian University, and a Doctor of Divinity from Oral Roberts University.