Bio: Bishop T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, bestselling author and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas. Named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time magazine and CNN, Jakes’ voice reverberates from the world’s most prominent stages—from the White House to the Aspen Institute to Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Beyond the pulpit, his impact is also felt through high-profile conference series such as MegaFest, which drew tens of thousands to Dallas in June 2017, “Woman, Thou Art Loosed,” which sells out every conference, and the annual “International Leadership Summit,” which attracts leaders from all walks of life, including the corporate world.

A new model for the 21st Century Renaissance man, Jakes is a committed philanthropist who gives back on an ongoing basis to the communities that he serves worldwide. As a business leader, his media and entertainment empire spans film, television, radio, music and best-selling books, and includes an award-winning music label. Among his trademark films are Miracles from Heaven, the follow-up to Heaven is for Real, and a made-for-TV-film, “Faith Under Fire,” which aired on the Lifetime network in 2018, as well as Lust and Envy, two films premiering this month on Lifetime. Jakes is The New York Times bestseller author of dozens of books, including InstinctCrushingDestiny, Soar, When Women Pray and the upcoming Don’t Drop the Mic.

Married to Serita for nearly 40 years, he is the father of five and a proud grandfather of eight.

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