Serita Jakes was born a coal miner’s daughter. As a little girl she played alone with imaginary friends and had tea parties for doll babies. She graduated from high school with high honors and went off to college.
In an effort to fit in she began experimenting with cigarettes, alcohol, etc. On occasion she would go to church and feel repentant for her wrongdoings. Yet it was the prevailing prayers of her mother that carried her through many mishaps and calamities. Through a series of secret pal cards, Serita met the love of her life, T.D. Jakes. He was a pastor and she was a new convert. One night he came to her church for revival. The pastor’s wife introduced them and the rest was history.
Serita has been involved in Christian ministry all of her adult life and has served alongside her husband, Bishop T. D. Jakes, throughout their entire marriage of nearly 30 years. Together, they have touched the lives of millions around the globe through various humanitarian projects, relief efforts, community service initiatives and record-breaking conferences. As an insightful speaker, Serita draws heavily from her education and background in theater and mass communications. She is affectionately referred to as “First Lady Jakes” by The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church, where her husband serves as Senior Pastor.
In addition to raising three sons and two daughters, she has assumed an active role at The Potter’s House as the Executive Director of Women’s Ministries. Serita’s heart for women is evident as she oversees Rahab International Ministries for survivors of domestic violence; as well as God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program (GLL) for women who seek to lead excellent spiritual, personal and professional lifestyles; and the Debutante Program for teenage girls. Her first book, The Princess Within, is an autobiographical reflection of victory over pain, trauma, and abuse. She wrote the book as a vehicle of encouragement for hurting women who want to break the silence surrounding their secret pain and obtain healing from it.
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