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Biography of T. D. Jakes

T. D. Jakes Biography

Biography of T. D. Jakes

Biography of T. D. Jakes

T. D. Jakes Biography

T. D. Jakes BiographyThomas Dexter Jakes popularly known as T. D. Jakes is an American preacher and excellent author. Jakes was born on June 9, 1957, and he is the senior pastor of The Potter’s House in the US. The ministry’s services and sermons can be accessed through The Potter’s Touch.

Early Life

Born on June 1957 in South Charleston, West Virginia, Jakes grew up in the Vandalia district in Charleston, West Virginia.

His DNA was analyzed on the PBS program African American Lives and his Y chromosome showed he is of descent from the Igbo tribe of Nigeria.

He is a proponent of sexual abstinence and makes known his stand on Good Morning America and Dr. Phil. He also commented that his view on homosexuality and LGBT rights was progressing in 2015. Later on, he stated that his words were interpreted wrongly and that he was never in support of homosexuality.


At the age of 25 in 1982, he became the pastor of the Greater Emmanuel Temple of Faith with a congregation of ten. Jakes joined the ministry of Bishop Sherman Watkins Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies in 1988. He moved to South Charleston, West Virginia in 1990 and had an increase in congregation to 300 members. He went to Cross Lanes, West Virginia in 1993.


He is a film producer as well. In 1995, he founded TDJ Enterprises which produces his films and publishes his books. He started The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, in 1996. The non-denominational church is located on a 34-acre hilltop campus. The properties include a 5,000-seat auditorium, also with employees and staff offices.

Jakes went with President George W. Bush to visit the areas affected by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He led the early morning prayer service at St. John’s Church in Wahington, D.C. for President Barack Obama on 20, January 2009.

Alongside Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw, and CBS Television Distribution, Jakes partnered to launch a syndicated secular talk in 2009 but it was never premiered due to economic issues within the syndicated television market.

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He has written many books some of which are:

  • 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
  • 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
  • Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose, August 2015
  • Soar!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up, 2017
  • Crushing: God Turns Pressure Into Power, April 2019
  • Disruptive Thinking, May 2023


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

Marital Status

He married Serita Jamison in 1982 and the couple have five grown children namely: Jermaine, Jamar, Sarah, Cora, and Thomas Dexter Jr.


Awards and Honours

Jakes was named among America’s Top 10 Religious Leaders by PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.

He won “Best Gospel or Chorus Album in 2003 for his album A Wing and a Prayer at the 46th Grammy Awards.

Social Media Handle

IG: @bishopjakes


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