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T. D. Jakes
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Thomas Dexter Jakes

(1957-06-09) June 9, 1957 (age 66)
  • Preacher
  • Author
  • Filmmaker
Serita Jamison
(m. 1982)
ReligionNondenominational Christian
Congregations served
The Potter's House Church, Dallas, Texas
Websitewww.tdjakes.com Edit this at Wikidata

Thomas Dexter Jakes (born June 9, 1957) is an American non-denominational Christian preacher. He is the senior pastor of The Potter's House, a non-denominational American megachurch. Jakes's church services and Evangelistic sermons are broadcast on The Potter's Touch. He is the author of many books and also produces films.[1]


Thomas Dexter Jakes was born on June 9, 1957, in South Charleston, West Virginia, and grew up in the Vandalia neighborhood in Charleston, West Virginia, where there is a street bearing his last name.[2]


Although Jakes was converted and ordained within Oneness Pentecostalism, he revealed in an interview with Mark Driscoll in 2012 that he affirms the Trinity, although Jakes did not affirm the eternality of the individual persons of the Trinity, which is denied by Oneness churches.[3][4]

Jakes is an advocate of sexual abstinence and has made appearances advocating it on Good Morning America and Dr. Phil.[5]

In 2015, Jakes stated that his views on homosexuality and LGBT rights are evolving. However, Jakes stated that his words were misinterpreted and that while he does not support same-sex marriage, he "respect[s] the rights that this country affords those that disagree".[6]


In 1982, at age 25, Jakes became the pastor of Greater Emanuel Temple of Faith, a storefront church in Smithers, West Virginia, with ten members.[7] In 1988, he joined the denomination Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies founded by Bishop Sherman Watkins.[8] In 1990, Jakes moved to South Charleston, West Virginia, and his congregation grew again, to 300 members. In 1993 he moved to Cross Lanes, West Virginia.[9]

In 1995, he founded "TDJ Enterprises" which publishes his books and produces his films.[10] From 1995 to 1996, Jakes hosted "Get Ready," a weekly radio and television show with national distribution through syndication.[9] In 1996, Jakes, founded The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, a non-denominational church.[11] Located on a 34-acre hilltop campus, the Potter's House features a 5,000-seat auditorium, as well as offices for employees and staff.

In 2005, Jakes accompanied President George W. Bush on his visit to the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.[12] On January 20, 2009, Jakes led the early morning prayer service for President Barack Obama at St. John's Church in Washington, D.C.[13]

In 2009, Jakes partnered with Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw, and CBS Television Distribution to launch a syndicated, secular talk show; however, due to economic issues within the syndicated television market, the program never premiered.[14][15]

In July 2015, Tegna, Inc. and Debmar-Mercury announced that a new secular talk show hosted by Jakes called T. D. Jakes would air a test run on Tegna stations in Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, and Minneapolis from August 17 to September 11, 2015.[16][15] On May 10, 2016, Tegna announced that it would begin airing Jakes's show September 12 in over 50 markets across the country.[17][18] On March 15, 2017, the talk show was cancelled due to poor ratings and low clearances.[19]



  • Woman Thou Art Loosed (1997)
  • Live From the Potter’s House (1998)
  • The Storm Is Over (2001)

T. D. Jakes is also featured on Swedish DJ Steve Angello's dance/electronic track Rejoice.


  • 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, Atria Books. ISBN 978-1-4165-4728-0
  • 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, Hachette Book Group. ISBN 1455554049
  • Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose, August 2015, Hachette Book Group. ISBN 978-1-4555-5397-6
  • Soar!: Build Your Vision from the Ground Up, 2017, FaithWords.
  • Crushing: God Turns Pressure Into Power, April 2019, Hachette Book Group.
  • Disruptive Thinking, May 2023, FaithWords ISBN 978-1546004004


Legacy and honors

PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly have named Jakes among America's "Top 10 Religious Leaders." Time magazine featured Jakes on the cover of its September 17, 2001, issue with the provocative question, "Is This Man the Next Billy Graham?"[22]

In 2003, Jakes' album A Wing and a Prayer won the "Best Gospel or Chorus Album" at the 46th Grammy Awards.[23] He has also received Grammy and Dove Award nominations for the gospel album Live at The Potter's House. In 2004, he received the NAACP's President's Award.[24] Jakes was selected in Oprah's SuperSoul100 list of visionaries and influential leaders in 2016.[25]

Personal life

On the PBS program African American Lives, Jakes had his DNA analyzed; his Y chromosome showed that he is descended from the Igbo people of Nigeria.[26][27] According to his family history, it was suggested that he is also descended from them through his grandmother.[28][29]


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  2. ^ S. Torriano Berry, Venise T. Berry, Historical Dictionary of African American Cinema, Rowman & Littlefield, USA, 2015, p. 239
  3. ^ Foust, Michael (January 27, 2012). "T.D. Jakes Embraces Doctrine of the Trinity, Moves Away from 'Oneness' View". Christianity Today. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Menzie, Nicola (January 26, 2012). "TD Jakes Breaks Down the Trinity, Addresses Being Called a 'Heretic'". Christian Post. Retrieved January 13, 2014.
  5. ^ "Dr. Phil.com — Shows — Teens and Sex with the Bishop". drphil.com. 3 March 2008.
  6. ^ Cheryl Wetzstein (August 10, 2015). "T.D. Jakes clarifies his comments on 'evolving' on gay rights". The Washington Times. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  7. ^ Randall Herbert Balmer, Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism: Revised and expanded edition, Baylor University Press, USA, 2004, p. 300
  8. ^ Shayne Lee, T.D. Jakes: America's New Preacher, NYU Press, USA, 2007, p. 22
  9. ^ a b Hughes Oliphant Old, The Reading and Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church: The biblical period, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, USA, 1998, p. 386
  10. ^ Paul A. Djupe, Laura R. Olson, Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics, Infobase Publishing, USA, 2014, p. 225
  11. ^ Randall Herbert Balmer, Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism: Revised and expanded edition, Baylor University Press, USA, 2004, p. 360
  12. ^ Elisabeth Bumiller, Stern Words From the Preacher at the President's Side, nytimes.com, USA, September 19, 2005
  13. ^ Laurie Goodstein, Without a Pastor of His Own, Obama Turns to Five, nytimes.com, USA, March 14, 2009
  14. ^ "Troubled Syndie Market Takes Its Toll". Broadcasting & Cable. 10 January 2009. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  15. ^ a b "Tegna, Debmar-Mercury to Test Talker Starring T.D. Jakes". Broadcasting & Cable. 9 July 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  16. ^ "T.D. Jakes Talk Show Gets Summer Test Run in Heartland Markets". Variety. 9 July 2015. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  17. ^ Pedersen, Erik (May 10, 2016). "'T.D. Jakes' Syndie Talker Gets Launch Date".
  18. ^ TEGNA. "New T.D. Jakes TV show premieres Sept. 12". Archived from the original on 2016-05-12. Retrieved 2016-05-19.
  19. ^ "Exclusive: Tegna’s ‘BOLD’ to Replace ’T.D. Jakes’" from Broadcasting & Cable (March 15, 2017)
  20. ^ "Woman Thou Art Loosed". Internet Movie Database Inc. Retrieved December 23, 2007.
  21. ^ "Not Easily Broken". Internet Movie Database Inc. Retrieved December 23, 2007.
  22. ^ "Christ Notes". christnotes.org. Archived from the original on May 23, 2008.
  23. ^ Cusic, Don, ed. (12 November 2009). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music. Abc-Clio. p. 221. ISBN 9780313344268. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  24. ^ "African American News&Issues". 2006-11-05. Archived from the original on 5 November 2006. Retrieved 2022-05-19.
  25. ^ "Meet the SuperSoul100: The World's Biggest Trailblazers in One Room". O Magazine. August 1, 2016. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  26. ^ "T.D. Jakes, D.Min., Alumnus". FICU Alumni Pages. Friends International Christian University. Archived from the original on April 1, 2012. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
  27. ^ "EthnicLoft — Sharing and celebrating the treasures of our heritage and culture". Archived from the original on November 25, 2006. Retrieved May 29, 2007.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  28. ^ "Unknown Forum". websitetoolbox.com. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2007-06-02.
  29. ^ Ryan, Suzanne C. (February 1, 2006). "New PBS Show Explores African-American Heritage In a New Way". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on February 6, 2006. Retrieved September 19, 2017.

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