Biography of Bishop T. D. Jakes

Bishop T. D. Jakes is an International Preacher and Teacher of the gospel 

Thomas Jakes Sr. (born June 9, 1957), known as T. D. Jakes, is an American bishop, author and filmmaker. He is the bishop of The Potter's House, a non-denominational American megachurch. Jakes's church services and Evangelistic sermons are broadcast on The Potter's Touch



T. D. Jakes was born on June 9, 1957, in South Charleston, West Virginia, and grew up in Vandalia, West Virginia.

Although Bishop Jakes was converted and ordained within Oneness Pentecostalism, he revealed in an interview with Mark Driscoll in 2012 that he affirms the Trinity. He however did not affirm the eternality of the individual persons of the Trinity, which is denied by Oneness churches.

Bishop Jakes is an advocate of sexual abstinence and has made appearances advocating it on Good Morning America and Dr. Phil. In 2015, he stated that his views on homosexuality and LGBT rights are evolving. However, Bishop Jakes stated that his words were misinterpreted and that while he does not support same-sex marriage, he "respect[s] the rights that this country affords those that disagree".

In 1982, at age 25, Jakes became the pastor of Greater Emanuel Temple of Faith, a storefront church in Smithers, West Virginia, with ten members. In 1988, he joined the denomination Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies founded by Bishop Sherman Watkins. In 1990, Jakes moved to South Charleston, West Virginia, and his congregation grew again, to 300 members. In 1993 he moved to Cross Lanes, West Virginia.

In 1995, he founded "TDJ Enterprises" which publishes his books and produces his films.[10] From 1995 to 1996, Jakes hosted "Get Ready," a weekly radio and television show with national distribution through syndication.[9] In 1996, Jakes, founded The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, a non-denominational church.[11] Located on a 34-acre hilltop campus, the Potter's House features a 5,000-seat auditorium, as well as offices for employees and staff.

In 2005, Jakes accompanied President George W. Bush on his visit to the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.[12] On January 20, 2009, Jakes led the early morning prayer service for President Barack Obama at St. John's Church in Washington, D.C., according to NBC News.[13]

In 2009, Jakes partnered with Dr. Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw, and CBS Television Distribution to launch a syndicated, secular talk show; however, due to economic issues within the syndicated television market, the program never premiered.[14][15]

In July 2015, Tegna, Inc. and Debmar-Mercury announced that a new secular talk show hosted by Jakes called T. D. Jakes would air a test run on Tegna stations in Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, and Minneapolis from August 17 to September 11, 2015.[16][15] On May 10, 2016, Tegna announced that it would begin airing Jakes's show September 12 in over 50 markets across the country.[17][18] On March 15, 2017, Tegna announced that T. D. Jakes was cancelled due to poor ratings and low clearances.[19]
Media
Discography

    Woman Thou Art Loosed (1997)
    Live From the Potter’s House (1996)
    The Storm Is Over (2001)

T. D. Jakes is also featured on Swedish DJ Steve Angello's dance/electronic track Rejoice.
Writings

    Intimacy With God
    Loved by
    Before you throw in the towel
    Naked And Not Ashamed?
    Loose That Man And Let Him Go
    Loose That Man And Let Him Go Workbook
    Positioning Yourself To Prosper
    Reposition Yourself: Living a Life Without Limits
    He-Motions: Even Strong Men Struggle
    Help! I'm Raising My Children Alone: A Guide for Single Ladies and Those Who Sometimes Feel They Are
    Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Environment
    Promises From God For Single Women
    Woman, Thou Art Loosed: Healing the Wounds of the Past
    Woman, Thou Art Loosed Devotional
    The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord
    Maximize the Moment : God's Action Plan for Your Life
    So You Call Yourself a Man?: Finally... a Devotional for Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Potential
    God's Leading Lady
    His Lady
    Jesus Walks (with me)
    Lay Aside the Weight
    Daddy Loves His Girls
    The Greatest Investment
    Mama Made the Difference
    Don't Drop the Mic
    TD Jakes Speaks to Men
    Overcoming the Enemy
    From the Cross to Pentecost
    Life Overflowing: Six Pillars for Abundant Living
    Not Easily Broken, 2006
    Before You Do: Making Great Decisions That You Won't Regret, 2008, Atria Books. ISBN 978-1-4165-4728-0
    The Memory Quilt: A Christmas Story for Our Times, 2009
    Let it Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven, 2012
    Instinct: The Power To Unleash Your Inborn Drive, 2014, Hachette Book Group. ISBN 1455554049
    Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose, August 2015, Hachette Book Group. ISBN 978-1-4555-5397-6
    Soar!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up, 2017, FaithWords.
    Crushing: God Turns Pressure Into Power, April 2019, Hachette Book Group.

Filmography

    2004: Woman Thou Art Loosed — As himself (based on Jakes's novel of the same name)[20]
    2009: Not Easily Broken — Allen (based on another Jakes novel)[21]
    2011: Jumping the Broom — Reverend James
    2010: Munya — Reverend Brian
    2012: Woman Thou Art Loosed: On the 7th Day – As himself
    2012: Sparkle – Producer
    2014: Heaven Is for Real – Producer
    2014: Winnie Mandela – Producer
    2016: Miracles from Heaven – Producer
    2018: Faith Under Fire – Executive Producer
    2019: A Dog's Way Home – Executive Producer

Legacy and honors

PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly have named Jakes among America's "Top 10 Religious Leaders." Time magazine featured Jakes on the cover of its September 17, 2001, issue with the provocative question, "Is This Man the Next Billy Graham?"[22]

In 2003, Jakes' album A Wing and a Prayer won the "Best Gospel or Chorus Album" at the 46th Grammy Awards.[23] He has also received Grammy and Dove Award nominations for the gospel album Live at The Potter's House. In 2004, he received the NAACP's President's Award.[24] Jakes was selected in Oprah's SuperSoul100 list of visionaries and influential leaders in 2016.[25]
Personal life
On the PBS program African American Lives, Jakes had his DNA analyzed; his Y chromosome showed that he is descended from the Igbo people of Nigeria.[26][27] According to his family history, it was suggested that he is also descended from them through his grandmother



Bishop T.D. Jakes, Sr., was born on June 9, 1957, in South Charleston, West Virginia, to businessman and entrepreneur Ernest, Sr. and educator Odith. The youngest of three children, Jakes was known in his community as “the Bible boy.” However, due to his slight lisp, he was told he would never preach. When Jakes was ten years old, his father developed kidney failure. Jakes and his mother cared for him until his death in 1973. Jakes preached his first sermon in 1976 and was officially ordained in 1979. He met his wife Serita Ann Jamison while guest preaching at her neighborhood church. In 1981, the two were married. In 1980, at the age of 23, Jakes established the Temple of Faith Church in Montgomery, West Virginia, a storefront church with only ten members. Jakes worked simultaneously at the Union Carbide to keep his ministry afloat. Friends International Christian University awarded Jakes his B.A. degree in biblical studies in 1985, his M.A. degree in biblical studies in 1990, and his D.Min. in 1995.

In 1987, Jakes was ordained into the Bishopric, and in 1992, he first preached Woman, Thou Art Loosed, a sermon that addressed the pain of women. The next year, Jakes launched a weekly television broadcast on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, catapulting himself into the world of televangelism. In 1994, he began his weekly broadcasts on Black Entertainment Television, and that same year, he initiated the first ManPower conference, designed to motivate men in their relational and community roles. In 1996, after moving his congregation from small town to small town in West Virginia, Jakes moved his family and fifty other church employees to Dallas where they established the Potter’s House. The first church service drew more than 2,000 people, and since then, the membership has grown to more than 30,000. In 1998, Jakes founded the Metroplex Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and established Clay Academy in the heart of Capella Park, a mixed-use, “new urbanism” community.

One of PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly’s “Top 10 Religious Leaders” in 2000, Jakes holds a place in the Black Americans of Achievement series, The Encyclopedia of African-American Christian Heritage, as well as the Who’s Who Among African Americans. In 2000, Jakes served as the keynote speaker at the annual conferences of the National Council of Black Mayors, the National Black Police Association, and the 2000 Congressional Black Caucus. In 2001, Time magazine and CNN distinguished Jakes as America’s Best Preacher, and the next year, Savoy magazine named him one of the “Top 100 Powers That Be.” In 2009, President Barack Obama asked Jakes to deliver the morning service before the historic Presidential Inauguration. Bishop Jakes, having spent over thirty years in the ministry, is also the author of more than twenty books and a Grammy-award winning gospel musician. Currently, Bishop Jakes lives in Dallas with his wife, Serita. They have five children and two grandchildren.

Bishops T.D. Jakes is happily married to his heartthrob for over forty years now. They got married on the 4th of July, 1982.

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