Joel Osteen brings 'Hope' event to Jax

Pastor draws thousands to Veterans Memorial Arena Friday

Published On: Nov 30 2012 09:55:37 PM EST   Updated On: Dec 01 2012 12:41:31 AM EST
Joel OSteen and wife in Jax
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -

He's called "America's Pastor" and the pastor for a new generation.

Joel Osteen brought his message to Northeast Florida Friday night. Osteen and his wife spoke to thousands of people at Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville. People traveled hundreds of miles for the "Night of Hope" event. 

"We’re going to see Joel Osteen and our wonderful friend Enza has taken us here to find out about the lord," said Ron Couch. 

Couch said that Osteen's message helped keep his hope alive after the recent loss of his wife.

Osteen inspires tens of millions of people weekly through his television broadcast. His weekly sermons draw more than 40,000 people.

Osteen told Channel 4 the event would be two and a half hours.

"...I call it celebration," said Osteen. "I'm trying to inspire people to show God is good, that he's on their side. It's a lot of music. My wife and mother are involved. I always tell people if they come, they'll leave better than they came before."