T.D. Jakes Biography, Life, Ministry, and Books

T.D. Jakes

T.D. Jakes Biography, Life, Marriage, Ministry, and Books

T.D. Jakes is a famous preacher, author, songwriter, conference speaker, playwright, movie producer, broadcaster, entrepreneur, philanthropist and motivational speaker; we bring you the biography of this man that has touched millions of lives all over the world. Jakes has a tall figure and a larger than life frame that is hard to miss, coupled with his bald head and goatee beard that gave him a grandfather look; he constantly reached out to millions of soul to convince them of the existence of God and his love for mankind.

T.D. Jakes has a wide smile that drew many to him and his deep thundering voice reach beyond the body to touch the spirit and soul of mankind. We bring you the biography of this man where you will get to learn about his family background and birth, marriage, ministry, and books, I am ready if you are, let’s explore!


Birth and Family Background Of T.D. Jakes

T.D. Jakes

His full name is Thomas Dexter Jakes II, named after his paternal grandfather but he was popularly known as T.D. Jakes. He was born on the 9th of June 1957 in South Charleston in West Virginia, USA to the family of Ernest and Odith Jakes; he grew up in Vandalia and attended local Baptist churches. Jakes grew up in a communal village where people assisted one another in everyday activities including raising children so the entire community contributed to his upbringing. People described young Jakes as Stubborn, opinionated and goal driven.

His parent had an entrepreneur spirit and are hardworking the traits they passed to their son later in life. Jake’s mother Odith was an economics teacher who taught all her three children to sew, cook and clean for themselves. Jake’s father Ernest was a self-made businessman and a versatile entrepreneur this is obvious from the way he developed his janitorial business from one bucket and a mob into a large cleaning business that consisted of 42 employees who cleaned everything in Charleston area. He later passed on this entrepreneur spirit to his young son who as soon as he was old enough to do so started delivering products from his mother’s garden and also newspapers.

T.D. Jakes spent his teenage years caring for his sick father and working in local industries before he felt a call to the ministry and became a preacher. He enrolled at West Virginia State University and was also preaching part-time in churches, he later dropped out of the university. Jakes was working at a chemical plant job with Union Carbide and at the same time, he was also a part-time music director at the Baptist church.

When the chemical plant he was working for closed down in 1982 and his father later died of kidney disease, Jakes decided to become a full-time minister, church planter and an evangelist in Charleston.


T.D. Jakes  Calling and Ministry Background

T.D. Jakes

Preachers like Jakes are born not made, traits of his calling started manifesting in his life at a very young age, he was given the nickname “Bible Boy” because he had the habit of carrying a bible to school and preaching to an imaginary congregation at his early years. T.D. Jakes finally received the confirmation of his calling at the age of 17 and he heeded the call, he said he was “called” to preach but unknown to him, he was treading on a path that will lead him to fame and bring him to a position where millions of lives will be touched and changed through him.

Jakes’ ministry has grown today to the extent that the entire nations of the world are affected by his books, radio and television preaching and conferences but it did not start that way.  When he was 23years in 1980, he became the pastor of a storefront church called Greater Emmanuel Temple of Faith. The church which was located in Smithers, West Virginia started with just 10 members and later grew to a congregation of 100; the church was popular then as because all of the church members were black.

T.D. Jakes moved his church from Smithers, West Virginia to South Charleston still is West Virginia in 1990 and his congregation grew from 100 to 300 members. Jakes began to focus on abandoned and abused women in his church by tending to their spiritual needs. He started Sunday school class for them which he called “Woman, Thou Art Loosed”, through the class he encouraged women to turn their mess into a message by using their past pains as a stepping stone to a great height. Though the class, many women were able to forget their pains and build a foundation for new growth in Christ.

Jakes started a male version of “Women Thou Art Loosed” and called it “Manpower”. With the experiences he gained by working with women in his congregation he published his first book titled Woman Thou Art Loosed in 1993, the book became a national bestseller and became his signature work till today. The church moved to Cross Lanes, West Virginia and the congregation grew from 300 to more than 1,100 members, 40 percent of his members were Caucasian while 60 percent were African American.


T.D. Jakes Ministries

T.D. Jakes

He established T.D. Jakes Ministries in 1994 as a non-profit organization to handle and oversee his work beyond the church after the expansion of his ministry, the ministry produced sermons on Television and host conferences.  Jakes continued to write books that bring spiritual, emotional and physical healing to people, he later went ahead to host a weekly television and radio show titled “Get Ready”, the show was broadcasted and distributed all over the world and people from other nations outside USA started hearing about him and his ministry.

Jakes started what would turn out to become series of conferences, the conference was for ministers and their spouses and he called it “When Shepherds Bleed” in 1994. He moved his ministry and family to Dallas, Texas in May 1996; he also took about 50 families involved in his work along with him.  Jakes purchased the former facilities of Eagle’s Nest Church, the pastor of the church W.V Grant was facing prison time for fraud then so he sold the large Dallas church to Jakes who renamed the church The Potter’s House. The potter’s house started as 34 acres campus and 5,000 seat auditorium but it had grown to a congregation of over 30,000 today.

Tegna, Inc, and Debmar-Mercury announced the birth of a secular talk show titled T.D. Jakes in July 2015, the show was hosted by Jakes and a test run was aired on Tegna stations in Atlanta, Dallas, Minneapolis and Cleveland from 17th of August to 11th of September 2015. It was also announced on the 10th of May 2016 that Tegna would begin to air the show in over 50 markets across all countries on 12th of September; however, the cancellation of the show was announced on 15th of March 2017. The show was canceled due to low clearance and poor ratings.


T.D. Jakes Marriage and Children

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T.D. Jakes and daughter on her wedding day

Jakes met his future wife Serita Jamison while he was working at the local Union Carbide and preaching part-time and they got married on the 29th of May 1982. Since then she has been assisting him in the ministry, they have five children together, Sarah Jakes, Jermaine Jakes, Jamar Jakes, Cora Jakes and Thomas Jakes (Junior).

After introducing and hosting first for men only conference in 2006, he started the female version called the first for ladies only conference in 2007, the conference was co-hosted by his wife Serita Jakes. She has been more than a wife to him; she is also his supporter, cheerleader, fan, and partner in the ministry.

Also, when Jakes started preaching the gospel on his weekly television program titled “The Potter’s House” which was broadcasted nationally and internationally, he and his wife Serita Jakes also host “The Potter’s Touch” a weekly about 30 minutes talk show on topics that concern Christians all over the world.

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T.D. Jakes Movies

Jakes has the following movies to his credit:

  • Not Easily Broken in 2009
  • Woman Thou Art Loosed in 2004
  • Munya in 2010
  • Jumping the Broom in 2011
  • Sparkle in 2012
  • Woman Thou Art Loosed in the 7th day in 2012
  • Winnie Mandele in 2014
  • Heaven is for real in 2014
  • Miracles from Heaven in 2016


T.D. Jakes Books

However, he also had several books he authored among which is:

  • Woman, Thou Art Loosed: Healing the Wounds of the Past
  • Woman, Thou Art Loosed Devotional
  • Naked And Not Ashamed?
  • Intimacy with God
  • Loose That Man And Let Him Go
  • Loose That Man And Let Him Go Work Book
  • He-Motions: Even Strong Men Struggle
  • Positioning Yourself To Prosper
  • Reposition Yourself: Living a Life Without Limits
  • Ten Commandments of Working in a Hostile Environment
  • Help! I’m Raising My Children Alone: A Guide for Single Ladies and Those Who Sometimes Feel They Are
  • Promises From God For Single Women
  • The Lady, Her Lover, and Her Lord
  • His Lady
  • Daddy Loves His Girls
  • Mama Made the Difference
  • Overcoming the Enemy
  • Maximize the Moment: God’s Action Plan for Your Life
  • God’s Leading Lady
  • So You Call Yourself a Man? Finally…a Devotional for Ordinary Men with Extraordinary Potential
  • Jesus Walks (with me)
  • Lay Aside the weight
  • The Greatest Investment
  • Overcoming the Enemy
  • From the Cross to Pentecost
  • Not Easily Broken. 2006
  • Before You Do: Making Great Decisions That You Won’t Regret
  • Life Overflowing: Six Pillars for Abundant Living
  • The Memory Quilt: A Christmas Story for Our Times
  • TD Jakes Speaks to Men
  • Let it Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven
  • Destiny: Step Into Your Purpose
  • Instinct: The Power To Unleash Your Inborn Drive

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