About TD Jakes

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The Potter's House, located in Dallas, Texas, was founded in 1996 by Bishop T. D. Jakes. This nondenominational church has grown from 50 families to more than 30,000 members since its inception and the growing congregation has helped members of their communities and others around the world. Christian Today and the Dallas Morning News said The Potter's House is one of the fastest growing churches in the nation. As senior pastor, Bishop Jakes’ has reached millions through best-selling books, award-winning music, critically acclaimed plays and record-breaking events. Bishop Jakes’ transcends cultural and denominational barriers within the church and was named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time magazine. To learn more about Bishop Jakes and the Potters’ House, you can watch his weekly television outreach program, The Potter’s Touch, or visit www.tdje.com or http://thepottershouse.org.

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The Potter's House is a nondenominational church located in Dallas, Texas. Since founded in 1996, The Potter's House has grown from 50 families to more than 30,000 members. Christian Today and the Dallas Morning News have said that The Potter's House is one of the fastest growing churches in the nation. They offer 59 different ministries within the church, including GED/literacy programs, AIDS outreach, homeless outreach, male mentorship, a debutante program and one of the nation’s largest and fastest growing prison ministries.

Bishop T. D. Jakes is founder and senior pastor of The Potter’s House. In a short number of years, his motivating messages have reached the world through best-selling books, award-winning music, critically acclaimed plays and record-breaking events. Named by Time magazine as “America’s Best Preacher,” Bishop Jakes’ message of healing and restoration is unparalleled, transcending cultural and denominational barriers within the church and beyond. His weekly television outreach, The Potter’s Touch, is a favorite throughout America, Africa, Australia, Europe and the Caribbean.

Bishop Jakes is the visionary behind several entities, including the Metroplex Economic Development Corporation, Clay Academy, MegaCARE, the Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (TORI), The Potter’s House Center for Counseling and Behavioral Health, and TDJ Enterprises, Jakes’ for-profit company that produces and distributes his books, plays, movies, music projects and economic conferences. Jakes’ also leads many must-attend conferences such as Back to the Bible; Pastors’ and Leadership; For Men Only, Woman, Thou Art Loosed and the highly-regarded MegaFest. His conferences have been described as “life-changing” and have set national attendance records.

Jakes has authored more than 40 books, including his most recent books, Before You Do: Making Great Decisions That You Won’t Regret, and Reposition Yourself, both of which reached No. 3 on The New York Times Best Sellers list.

In addition to holding both a Quill Award and Grammy Award, Bishop Jakes is the recipient of several NAACP Image Awards and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award. In 2009, President Barack Obama asked Bishop Jakes to deliver the morning service on Inauguration Day.

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