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, Texas.
T.D. Jakes’ mission is carried out through four distinct channels: global humanitarian outreach, inspirational conference series, media and entertainment ventures, and thought leadership forums.
T.D. Jakes has advised the last three presidents of the USA, was a featured speaker at the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009, gave remarks at a White House Easter Prayer Breakfast in 2011, attended the state dinner for African leaders in 2014 and Pope Francis’ 2015 White House visit.
Over the years, he has met with leaders on the world stage, including President Rawlings of Ghana and President Obasanjo of Nigeria. He was a guest of the King of Jordan, King Abdullah, the President of Trinidad, George Maxwell Richards, and the president of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri K. Museveni, among others.
T.D. Jakes extends his influence in a number of prestigious forums around the world, sharing leadership principles from a faith perspective. T.D. Jakes has lent his unique voice and intellectual insights to forums such as:
- The Aspen Institute
- The Willow Creek Leadership Forum
- The Drucker Institute, CEO Forum
- The Elephant Room
- The SMU Tate Lecture Series
- Conversations with America
- The Reconciled Church
- Dallas Festival of Ideas
T.D. Jakes taps into a growing global audience who enter his digital-sphere through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Vimeo, Google+, SnapChat, Periscope and the T.D. Jakes app to the tune of 10 Million total followers.
Celebrating 35 years of marriage, Thomas Dexter and Serita Jakes are parents to five children and five grandchildren. He credits his own parents as the source of his perseverance and sense of self-reliance.
After 40 years in ministry, Bishop Jakes continues to be a leading voice of innovation, inspiration, and influence in Christendom today.