Bio: Bishop T. D. (Thomas Dexter) Jakes, Sr.

Born: 
June 9, 1957 in South Charleston, W.Va.

Family: 
The youngest of three children (sister, Jacqueline Jakes; brother, Ernest Jakes)

Married: 
Serita Ann Jamison Jakes

Children: 
Five children

Ordained: 
Bishopric of the Greater Emanuel Assembly of Churches, 1987

Ministries: 
Senior Pastor and Founder, The Potter's House, 1996

Education:     
Bachelor of Arts (1985) and Master of Arts (1990) in Biblical studies from Friends International Christian University; Doctor of Ministry in religious studies (1995) from Friends International Christian University

Author:
Jakes has written more than 30 books, including his most recent, Let it Go: Forgive Others So You May Be Forgiven (Atria 2012) and the following 16 best sellers:

  • The T.D. Jakes Relationship Bible: Life Lessons on Relationships from the Inspired Word of God (Atria 2011)

  • Before You Do (Atria, 2008)

  • Reposition Yourself (Atria, 2007)

  • Mama Made the Difference (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2006)

  • He-Motions (Penguin Putnam, 2004)

  • God's Leading Lady (Penguin Putnam, 2002)

  • The Great Investment (Penguin Putnam, 2001)

  • Maximize the Moment (Penguin Putnam, 2000)

  • The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord (Putnam, 1998)

  • Lay Aside the Weight (Albury Publishing, 1997)

  • Daddy Loves His Girls (Creation House, 1996)

  • Can You Stand to Be Blessed? (Destiny Image, 1995)

  • The Harvest (Pneuma Life, 1995)

  • Naked and Not Ashamed (Destiny Image, 1995)

  • Woman, Thou Art Loosed (Albury Publishing, 1993)

  • Loose That Man and Let Him Go! (Albury Publishing, 1996)

Additionally, Jakes' most popular books include:

  • From the Cross to the Pentecost: God's Passionate Love for Us Revealed (Howard Books, 2011)

  • Healing the Wounds of the Past (Destiny Image, 2011)

  • Live Overflowing: 6 Pillars for Abundant Living (Bethany House, 2010)

  • Wisdom from T.D. Jakes (Destiny Image, 2010)

  • Highly Favored: A Christmas Story (Atria, 2009)

  • The Memory Quilt: A Christmas Story for Our Times (Atria, 2009)

Honor and Award Highlights:

2012

  • The T.D. Jakes Relationship Bible: Life Lessons on Relationships from the Inspired Word of God (Atria 2011) wins the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional.

  • Jumping the Broom wins three NAACP Image Awards.

  • Bishop Jakes is honored with the Black Heritage Excellence in Ministry Award.

  • T.D. Jakes Enterprises is nominated for six NAACP Image Awards.

2011

  • Bishop Jakes is named to Ebony Magazine's Power 100 List.

  • Bishop Jakes celebrates 35 years of ministry (September 2011).

  • Jumping the Broom, produced by Bishop Jakes, ranks as the No. 1 comedy on its opening weekend.

  • Bishop Jakes releases Sacred Love Songs 2, inspired by his latest film, Jumping the Broom.

  • The Potter's House forges a partnership with National Christian Hispanic Leadership Conference (NCHLC), which sanctions ManPower as the men's event for the NCHLC, creating a large and diverse conference.  

  • Bishop Jakes participates in the Drucker Institute CEO Forum.

2010

  • The Claude R. Platte Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen honors Bishop Jakes as a pioneer in change and ministry.

2009

  • International Black Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum inducts Bishop Jakes.

  • Bishop Jakes receives the first ever Community Leaders Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers and the United Health Group.

  • Essence magazine presents Bishop Jakes with an All-Star Tribute.

  • Bishop Jakes delivers the service the morning of President Barack Obama's Presidential Inauguration.

2008

  • Essence magazine presents Bishop Jakes with the 2008 President's Award for his book, Reposition Yourself (Atria).

  • Bishop Jakes receives the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award from the Congress of Racial Equality.

  • AIDS Institute honors Bishop Jakes with the 2008 Heroes in the Struggle Award.

2007

  • Mama Made the Difference (Putnam) wins the 38th Annual NAACP Image Award in the instruction category.

  • CNN names Bishop Jakes to their Blue Ribbon Panel, placing him in the company of 15 influential world leaders who are committed to improving the state of the world.

  • Readers of The Church Report rank Bishop Jakes No. 4 among "The 50 Most Influential Christians in America."

  • The Atlantic magazine highlights Bishop Jakes in its 150th anniversary issue.

  • Essence magazine names Bishop Jakes among the "25 Most Influential of 2007."

2006 

  • Mama Made the Difference (Putnam) ranks No. 4 on The New York Times best-seller list two weeks after its release.

  • Bishop Jakes celebrates 30 years in ministry.

  • Readers of The Church Report magazine chose Bishop Jakes as the Most Influential Christian for 2005.

  • T.D. Jakes wing of the Melchizedek Hospital in Kenya's Kawangware slum is dedicated.

2005

  • Bishop Jakes serves with the Rev. William H. Gray III as co-chair of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund's Interfaith Coalition

  • Bishop Jakes serves as official homilist at the Washington National Cathedral during the commemoration of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

  • "Faith for Africa: Kenya Mission™" - Bishop Jakes leads more than 300 African Americans on a humanitarian mission trip to Kenya, Africa.

  • He-Motions receives nomination for a 2005 GRAMMY® in the best contemporary soul Gospel album category.

  • Bishop and Mrs. Jakes receive honors for their MegaFest 2004 attendance record, which surpassed the previous record held by the Rev. Billy Graham.

  • Bishop Jakes accepts a Tower of Power Trumpet Award.

  • TIME magazine names Bishop Jakes among "25 Most Influential Evangelicals."

  • Woman, Thou Art Loosed: The Movie wins the NAACP Image Award for an independent or foreign film.

2004

  • Bishop Jakes receives the NAACP President's Award, which honors top African Americans in film, television, music and literature.

2003

  • T.D. Jakes Presents Follow the Star and A Wing and a Prayer earns nomination for a GRAMMY® award.

2002

  • God's Leading Lady ranks No. 4 on The New York Times Best Seller Hardcover Advice List.

  • Bishop Jakes' musical project The Storm Is Over receives: GRAMMY® Nomination - Best Gospel Album, Contemporary; NAACP Image Award - Best Gospel Album, Choir or Group; Stellar Gospel Award - Best Gospel Album, Contemporary; and Dove Award - Best Gospel Video.

2001

  • The cover of TIME magazine features Bishop Jakes as "America's Best Preacher."

  • CNN and TIME magazine honors Bishop Jakes as one of the year's top five religious innovators.

  • Ebony magazine calls Bishop Jakes one of the "56 Most Intriguing Blacks of 2001."

2000

  • PBS' Religion and Ethics Newsweekly recognizes Bishop Jakes among "Top 10 Religious Leaders."

  • Maximize the Moment ranks No. 3 on The New York Times business best-seller list.

1999

  • The New York Times identifies Bishop Jakes as "one of the top five evangelists most frequently cited by scholars, theologians and evangelical leaders to step up to the international pulpit . . ."


The Potter's House MegaCARE Ministry's 2011 Global Humanitarian Initiatives:

  • Donated food and toys to women's shelters, three orphanages and impoverished communities in Mexico

  • Provided food, water and medicine to over 5,000 men, women and children in Kenya and Somalia

  • Partnered with local churches in the Dominican Republic's most distressed communities to treat over 300 women and children in need of medical care

  • Partnered with the City of Dallas for the Earth Day "Keep Dallas Beautiful" Campaign

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