Founder of the Lakewood Church, a non-denominational christian ministry, and host of the weekly TV series John Osteen.
He graduated from John Brown University and earned his Masters from Northern Baptist Seminary.
He was ordained as a minister in the Southern Baptist Convention, but left in 1959 to establish his own congregation.
He had six children with his wife Dolores Osteen.
After his death, his son Joel Osteen became head of the Lakewood Church.