Preacher..Leader..Director and that’s just the start…He is considered one of most recognize voices in America and we wish Bishop T.D. Jakes a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
Bishop Jakes was born in South Charleston, WV, on June 9, 1957. His parents, businessman and entrepreneur Ernest Sr. and educator Odith, were charitable benefactors in their community. It is to them that their son credits as the source of his own integrity, discipline, and self-reliance. In 2006, he celebrated 30 years in ministry.
Bishop Jakes is the CEO of The Potter’s House, a nonprofit organization that has produced four major national conferences – The Pastors’ and Leadership Conference, ManPower, Woman, Thou Art Loosed (WTAL), and MegaFest. A powerful and popular symposium, WTAL addresses the specific spiritual needs of women, speaks to their strengths, rather than their weaknesses, and empowers many to go from welfare to work, and from prison inmate to productive citizen. The WTAL conference set national indoor attendance records at the Georgia Dome in 1999 with an average 84,500 attendees per day.
ManPower seeks to equip and encourage men to build strong marriages, increase their confidence, and take on more responsibility within their community. The Pastors’ and Leadership Conference is designed for individuals in church leadership positions and for those seeking to further develop their leadership skills. MegaFest, inaugurated in 2004, is a family-oriented Christian festival that combines Woman, Thou Art Loosed, ManPower and new components for children, teenagers, and young adults. The Mega Youth Experience (MYE), a component added to the conference in 2005, was created for young people ages 13 to 21, and is designed to inspire, inform, prepare, and empower Christian youth for today’s world. MegaKidz offers fun-filled and interactive sessions throughout the day, presenting the Christian gospel to children ages 5 to 12 in an easily understandable format.
BIO courtesy of thepottershouse.org