Bishop T.D. Jakes and his wife Serita grew up in West Virginia where in 1979 he founded his first church, The Temple of Faith, in Montgomery. The church relocated three times due to growth, first to Smithers in 1984, then to South Charleston in 1992 and finally to Cross Lanes in 1994, where Jakes remained until he relocated to Dallas in 1996.

Bishop Jakes pastors The Potter’s House, a globally-recognized church of more than 30,000 members located in Dallas, which “strives to be the voice and the hand that encourages people of all creeds and cultures to change their lives with hope, comfort and peace. ”

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