Pastor Joel Osteen signs copies of his book at Chapman Highway retailer

Osteen was at the Chapman Highway Walmart to sign copies of his book "Break Out."
Osteen was at the Chapman Highway Walmart to sign copies of his book "Break Out."

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Hundreds waited in line Thursday night to meet pastor and televangelist Joel Osteen.

He was at the Chapman Highway Walmart to sign copies of his book “Break Out.” Osteen is in town for his “Night of Hope” event Friday at Thompson Boling Arena.

Many of his followers told 6 News they have very personal reasons for wanting to meet him.

“I moved back here in 1985,” said Kim Jones, an Osteen follower. “[I’m] glad to see he is continuing his dad’s mission.”

Kenneth Whaley said he was saved in prison by watching Osteen on television. “I wanted to bring my kids down here to get his autograph.”

Pastor Osteen is the leader of Lakewood Church in Houston, the largest single church in the United States.

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