serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas.
Named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine, Jakes’ voice reverberates from the world’s most prominent stages. Through his nexus of charitable works, T.D. Jakes is known for extending a hand of help to the needy, heart of compassion to the hurting, and message of inspiration to the disenfranchised.
Beyond the pulpit, Jakes ranks among the 25 Most Influential African Americans, Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People, EBONY’s Power100 and is the recent winner of McDonald’s prestigious 365Black Award for his humanitarian efforts. His worldwide impact is felt through an empire that spans film, television, radio, best-selling books, and conference series.
Bishop Jakes made his presence felt in Hollywood with the release of “Jumping the Broom,” an
award winning romantic comedy that debuted as the #1 comedy and grossed nearly seven
times its budget in 2011. Rounding out a prodigious year, Jakes also released “On the Seventh
Day,” the first sequel in the “Woman Thou Art Loosed” franchise which ranked as the number
one independent film opening weekend, outperforming the competition on a per screen
average. The much anticipated remake of “SPARKLE,” featuring Jordin Sparks and the late
Whitney Houston opened in the top five on August 17, 2012 with the highest per screen average
and viewer rating.
Celebrating 30 years of marriage, Thomas Dexter and Serita Jakes are parents to five children
and three grandchildren. He credits his own parents as the source of his perseverance and
sense of self-reliance.
After more than 35 years in ministry, Jakes continues to be a leading voice of innovation,
inspiration, and influence in Christendom today.