T.D. Jakes Bio, Age, Family, Education, Wife, Son, Daughter, Career, Net Worth

Thomas Dexter Jakes

TD Jakes Biography

TD Jakes (Thomas Dexter Jakes Sr.) is a pastor, televangelist, writer and director. He is the minister of the House of Potter, a non-denominational American megachurch. Jakes church services and evangelistic sermons are broadcast on The Potter's Touch on various platforms.

He hosted the TD Jakes Show, a nationally syndicated talk show produced by Tegna Media and distributed by Sony Pictures Television, until the show's cancellation in March 2017.

In 1980, at the age of 23, he began his priesthood mission at Greater Emanuel Temple of Faith, a storefront church in Smithers, West Virginia, with ten members. The congregation grew to 100 members and became notable for being racially integrated.

Additionally, in 1990, Dexter moved to South Charleston, West Virginia where his congregation grew again, to 300 members. In 1993, Dexter moved to Crosslanes, West Virginia, where the congregation grew to more than 1,100 members. However, 60 percent were African American and 40 percent were Caucasian.


Additionally, in 1994, TD Jakes Ministries was established as a non-profit organization that produced televised sermons and conferences. Between the years 1995 and 1996, Dexter broadcast “Get Ready,” a weekly syndicated radio and television show that had nationwide coverage.

In 1996, he moved to Texas, where he founded Potter's House, a nondenominational megachurch. On a 34-acre hilltop campus, Potter's House has a 5,000-seat auditorium, as well as offices for officers and staff.

Furthermore, between 1996 and 1998, the church's membership increased from 7,000 colleagues to 14,000.

In 2005, Jakes accompanied President George W. Bush on his visit to the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. President Bush's book. Decision Pointsdescribes Jakes as “the kind of man who puts faith into action.”

Additionally, on January 20, 2009, Jakes led morning prayer for President Barack Obama at St. John's Church in Washington, DC, according to NBC News.

In 2009, Dexter teamed up with Dr. Phil McGraw, Jay McGraw and CBS Television Distribution to launch a syndicated, secular talk show. However, due to financial issues in the syndicated television market, the program was never picked up.

Additionally, in July 2015, Tegna, Inc. and Debmar-Mercury reported that a new secular show hosted by TD Jakes will air a test run from August 17 to September 11, 2015, on Tegna stations throughout Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas and Minneapolis.

On May 10, 2016, Tegna announced that it would begin airing Jakes' show on September 12 in more than 50 markets nationwide. On March 15, 2017, Tegna announced that TD Jakes was canceled due to poor ratings and low mileage.

TD Jakes also appears on Swedish DJ Steve Angello's dance/electronic track Rejoice.

TD Jakes Age

How old is Bishop Thomas Jakes? Thomas Dexter is 66 years old from June 2023. He it was born on June 9, 1957, in South Charleston, West Virginia, United States of America. In addition, Thomas celebrates his own birthday on June 9 of each year.

TD Jakes Family

Of father is Ernest Jakes, Sr., and his mother is Odith Jakes. He has brothers, Jacqueline Jakes and Ernest Jakes. Of his children, he is blessed with grandchildren, Jason Coleman and Cora Jakes Coleman and Amauri Noelle Coleman.

His grandfather is Thomas Dexter Jakes. Additionally, Jakes studied at West Virginia State University.

TD Jakes Marriage

Pastor Jakes is married to Serita Jakes since 1982. Together they have been blessed with five children.

TD Jakes & Wife Serita
TD Jakes & Wife Serita

TD Jakes Kids

The churchman has been blessed with five beautiful children. Sarah Jakes Roberts, Cora Jakes Coleman, Jermaine Jakes, Jamar Jakes, Thomas Jakes, Jr.

TD Jakes Beliefs

Even after being converted and ordained within One Pentecostalism, Dexter revealed in an interview with Mark Driscoll in 2012 that he affirms the Trinity. However, he did not affirm the eternity of the individual persons of the Trinity, which the Oneness churches deny.

Jakes is an advocate of abstinence and has appeared on Good Morning America and Dr. Phil.

Additionally, in 2015, Jakes stated that his views on homosexuality and LGBT rights are evolving. However, Jakes said his words were misconstrued and that while he does not support same-sex marriage, he “respects[s] the rights that this country affords to those who dissent…”

Thomas Dexter Jakes Awards and Achievements

Jakes album A Wing and a Prayer won “Best Gospel or Chorus Album” at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2003. Likewise, he received Grammy and Dove Award nominations for the gospel album “Live at The Potter's House.”

PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly ranked Dexter among America's “Top 10 Religious Leaders.” On another occasion, Time magazine featured Jakes on the cover of its September 17, 2001 issue. Accompanying it is a provocative question, “Is this man the next Billy Graham?”

Additionally, on the PBS program African American Lives, Dexter traced his DNA to the decency of the Igbo people of Nigeria. From his family background, it can be ascertained that he hails from Nigeria through his grandmother.

In addition, TD was nominated for Oprah's SuperSoul100 list of influential visionaries and leaders in 2016.

TD Jakes Net Worth

Jakes has an estimated Net value of 18 million dollars. He discussed his fortune with Oprah in a 2012 interview stating that he derives the proceeds from his megachurch. In addition, he earns money from his best-selling books and film production.

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