Bishop Thomas Dexter (T.D.) Jakes, Sr.
Bishop T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who 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, and EBONY’s Power100. He is also the recent winner of the BET Honors Award, Stellar Award, NAACP Image Award, Keeper of the Dream Award and 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, conference series and the T.D. Jakes School of Leadership.
Bishop Jakes made his presence felt in Hollywood with eight films to date including the recent hit, “Winnie Mandela” starring Jennifer Hudson; last year’s top five release, “SPARKLE,” featuring Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston; “On the Seventh Day,” the first sequel in the “Woman Thou Art Loosed” franchise which outperformed the competition on a per screen average; and “Jumping the Broom,” an award winning romantic comedy that debuted as the #1 comedy and grossed nearly seven times its budget in 2011. Next up for the prodigious producer is the much anticipated “Heaven is for Real” based on the bestselling book and due in theatres Easter weekend.
Celebrating 32 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 36 years in ministry, Jakes continues to be a leading voice of innovation, inspiration, and influence in Christendom today.