Pauline Joyce Hutchison Meyer was borne on June 4, 1943 in the O'Fallon neighborhood in south St. Louis in 1943, and still speaks with a working-class south St. Louis accent.
Her father went into the Army to fight in World War II a little after she was born. Joyce Meyer has said in interviews that he began sexually abusing her after his return. She often talks about her experience in her meetings.
She graduated from the O'Fallon Technical High School in St. Louis and married a part-time car salesman shortly after finishing high school. The marriage lasted five years. She said that he frequently cheated on her and persuaded her to steal payroll checks from her boss.
They used the money to go on a vacation to California but she claims to have returned the money years later.
ter her divorce, Joyce Meyer frequented local bars before meeting Dave Meyer, an engineering draftsman. They got married on January 7, 1967.
Why is Joyce Meyer famous?
Joyce Meyer is a Charismatic Christian author and speaker. Her TV and radio programs air in 39 languages in 200 countries, and she has written over 90 books on Christianity. Joyce and her husband Dave are the parents of four grown children, and live near St. Louis, Missouri. Her ministry is headquartered in the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, Missouri.
Why do we like Joyce Meyer?
Following the adverse publicity about her lifestyle and Ministry Watch's request for an IRS probe, Joyce Meyer announced in 2004 plans to take a salary reduction from the $900,000 per year she had been receiving from Joyce Meyer Ministries (in addition to the $450,000 her husband received) and instead personally keep more of the royalties from her outside book sales which Meyer had previously donated back to Joyce Meyer Ministries.
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