Bishop TD Jakes Star Studded Surprise Party

The Jakes Family Celebrate 30 years of marriage, 35 years in ministry and 55 years of life!

BY: Jana Gordon


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 Former NFL Dallas Cowboys Emmitt Smith and Deon Sanders made an appearance to celebrate with the Jakes Family. “He’s a man of God, great leader and great communicator,” said Smith. “His love for people is extraordinary. He has inspired me to stay on my path and because he’s a family man also he has helped me maintain those foundational  principles of the Word in our life.” Long-time friend and spiritual daughter Paula White shared of a time when she lost her daughter and Jakes was facing major back surgery the day before the funeral. “We were standing there in the service and all of sudden, daddy and mama walk right in. He didn’t preach or say anything. He just wanted to show me he was there. I couldn’t believe he made it and when I text him to thank him, all he said was “Love is a verb.”

Jakes wears this mantra of love out in the open as seen when he and his family finally showed up greeted with cheers and applause. Jakes who had no idea any of the stars were there was completely blown away when the event began. Oprah Winfrey surprised Jakes and shared with all in attendance about how she had consumed the Bishop’s sermons to the point of an overdose. “I called the Bishop and he reminded me that preaching is every Sunday not every day!” The event was graced with musical selections by Bebe Winans, Chaka Khan, Dallas Black Dance Ensemble, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Jordin Sparks, Karen Clarke Sheard, Kelly Price, KEM, Ledisi, Mary Mary, Pastor Shirley Caesar and Japanesse classical jazz pianist Keiko Matsui. 

Continued on page 3: The most emotional moment of the night »

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