Money hidden in the bathroom wall of Joel Osteen’s megachurch

Money hidden in the bathroom wall of Joel Osteen's megachurch

He said they ended up pulling out about 3,000 envelopes containing cash and checks. He did not estimate how much was found, and the church’s statement didn’t, either.

Seven years after an expected $ 600,000 was taken from Joel Osteen’s Houston Megachurch vault, a cash filled envelope was found concealed in the washroom wall there, the church affirms. The story of the November 10 revelation was uncovered on Thursday by a man who distinguishes himself as a plumber called the Morning Bullpen public broadcast “The Bull” at KILT in Houston. He depicted what happened while fixing plumbing at Lakewood Church: “I removed the tiles because the toilet was loose on the wall,” the guest said. “We went to remove the toilet, and I removed some protection, and around 500 envelopes fell off the wall, and I seemed like” Oh, awesome! ”.

Neither the church nor the Houston police addressed whether the discovery was related to the highly publicized theft in March 2014.

About $200,000 in cash and $400,000 in checks — the take from collections at one weekend’s services — disappeared from a safe sometime between a Sunday afternoon and the following morning.

It was never recovered.

At the time, a $25,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. On Thursday, Houston TV station KPRC asked Crime Stoppers, the group offering the award, whether the plumber would get any of the reward.

Its spokesperson said he would not — that the reward was only for information about the culprit, and that the statute of limitations for that crime has expired.

Lakewood is one of the nation’s largest churches, drawing more than 50,000 people a week before the pandemic. Since 2005, it has been housed in an arena that was the former home of the Houston Rockets. Joel Osteen became its lead pastor in 1999.

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