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Meyer, Joyce - Timeline Biography

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06-04-1943

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Joyce Meyer (1943-present) survived an abusive childhood to become an influential evangelical leader and founder of one of the world’s largest Christian ministries.

In 1976, after receiving a message from God, Meyer began teaching a Bible class. In 1980, she became an associate pastor at a St. Louis church and five years later, established her own ministry. Originally called Life in The Word, the name was changed to Joyce Meyer Ministries in 2003.

The non-denominational ministry is headquartered in Fenton, Mo., and she serves as president. Its programs range from radio and television programs to stadium-filling conferences internationally. Meyer also is the author of nearly 100 books.

Joyce Meyer Ministries is part of the prosperity gospel movement, which teaches that God wants to bless followers -- though not exclusively financially. It’s also how she defends her own wealth and what critics have called a lavish lifestyle.

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Joyce Meyer, cropped- Flickr- photo by Russell Mondy (CC BY-NC 2.0)
Joyce Meyer, cropped- Flickr- photo by Russell Mondy (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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https://content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1993235_1993243_1993303,00.html
Time magazine, "Influential Evangelicals: Joyce Meyer" (Feb. 7, 2005)
https://www.thoughtco.com/joyce-meyer-biography-700337
ThoughtCo, Lifelong Learning website, "Biography of Joyce Meyer"

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