The Reverend John Osteen and his wife Dodie held their first service in front of a around 100 people at an old feed store in north Houston on Mother's Day 1959. Over the next 40 years, Lakewood attracted thousands of members. Osteen died after his son, Joel preached his first sermon.
Now Lakewood draws 40,000 worshippers to a former sports arena every weekend.
The reverend passed away 10 years ago, but Dodie Osteen, 76, was honored by Lakewood's second pastor, her son Joel.
Since Joel has taken over his family's ministry, Lakewood has become the largest church in the U.S. with over 40,000 people attending.
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