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via BlackDoctor:

T.D. Jakes is known all around the world as the founder and lead pastor of a 30,000-person mega-church, The Potter’s House, a sought-after speaker, a counsel to presidents, a movie producer and a best-selling author. But before all the fame, awards and accolades, Bishop Jakes was a young man with a vision at a church in West Virginia.

That’s where he met his wife, Serita, whom he married in 1981. Now, over three and a half decades and five grown children later, the two are still together — traveling the country, sharing the Gospel and serving communities through various humanitarian projects.

Their union is a strong one, but it hasn’t always been warm and fuzzy. Just six months into their marriage, Bishop Jakes and Serita survived a horrific car crash that left Serita with severe leg and foot injuries. Doctors weren’t sure she would ever walk again. Throughout her recovery, Bishop Jakes was by her side, and now they both view it as a blessing in disguise.

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