Before they were stars!

Joel Osteen

Most people in America know Joel Osteen as the pastor of the 47,000 member, Lakewood Church in Houston, TX. Not only is he a popular television evangelist who preaches inspiring messages of hope and personal betterment, but he is also a popular author having 2 books on national best-seller lists.

What most people don’t know, however, is that before Joel became one of America’s beloved ministers, he served on the Los Angeles County Fire Department as a pioneer in the paramedic program.

For nearly 7 years, Joel was a paramedic with L.A. County Fire Station #51. He and partner, Roy Desoto, worked with the always available Rampart hospital E.R. staff to coordinate with doctors via a portable telephone device to administer supervised medical care and prepare accident victims for transport to the hospital.

From helping guys pinned under fallen car engines, to rescuing 10 year olds lost in abandon warehouses, to freeing toy poodles trapped in chimneys, Joel and Roy saved countless lives. Their work in the early days of the fledgling paramedic program helped to establish the modern day paramedic response system through-out the U.S.

Later in his career, Joel felt the call to be a full time minister. “I had helped people put together their physical lives,” Said Joel from his church office in Houston, “Now I wanted to help people put together their spiritual lives.” As he became emotional, pastor Osteen stated with his cracking voice, “I so grateful I am able to be God’s paramedic for those with spiritual emergencies.”


3 thoughts on “Before they were stars!

  1. Hello I am the head of the Randolph Mantooth fan club. I’m afraid I must ask you to cease and desist these malicious statements regarding Randy’s excursions into other areas of employment. Thank you.

  2. Maybe you guys need Osteen up your way. I remember him and his bodies making short work of a major brush fire around 1973 . . .

  3. Yeah, your right. I think I recall that he also saved a couple of old ladies who couldn’t speak english and who refused to leave their home because their dog was lost.Fred

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