Bishop T.D. Jakes refers to himself as a “ministerial and business visionary, entrepreneurial trailblazer, altruistic philanthropist, and spiritual shepherd to millions.” He was born in South Charleston, West Virginia and credits his parents with teaching him a sense of integrity and self-reliance. Jakes felt called to the ministry at a young age and preached part-time while attending West Virginia State University.
In 1982, Jakes began pastoring the Greater Emanuel Temple of Faith, which only had around ten members. Under his leadership, the church grew quickly, and the church was eventually relocated to Charleston. In the early 90s, Jakes started his notable classes “Woman, Thou Art Loosed,” and “Manpower.” He also began the television ministry “Get Ready.” In 1996, after founding T.D. Jakes Ministries, Jakes moved the church again to Dallas, Texas and renamed the church The Potter’s House. The congregation has since grown to around 14,000 members.
For his work as a preacher, musician and teacher, Jakes has received a number of honors, including 13 honorary degrees and doctorates. His gospel album “Live at The Potter’s House” was nominated for both Grammy and Dove Awards. Jakes has also appeared on the cover of Time magazine with the headline alluding to the fact that Jakes may be the next Billy Graham. PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly also named Jakes as one of the country’s “Top 10 Religious Leaders.”
Jakes has written a number of books, and in addition to leading the congregation at The Potter’s House, he also travels the world preaching and teaching. His services and sermons are also regularly broadcast on “The Potter’s Touch” which runs on Trinity Broadcasting Network.
In the following video, Jakes discusses why black people need to focus on being producers. Check it out to see why he feels that black people should not take pride in only being consumers.