How much is T D Jakes worth? $18 Million
How did T D Jakes earn his money and wealth?
T D Jakes was born Thomas Dexter Jakes Sr. on June 9, 1957, in South Charleston, West Virginia. He grew up in Vandalia where he attended local Baptist churches. T D Jakes is the pastor of The Potter’s House, a nondenominational church as well as an author and a filmmaker. As of 2018, T D Jakes’s net worth is $147 million.
Jakes spent his childhood taking care of his invalid father and worked in the local industries. He enrolled himself in West Virginia State University and preached part-time in local churches. He dropped out of college and took a job at the local Union Carbide and continued to preach part-time. He married Serita Jamison in 1982 and became the pastor at Greater Emanuel Temple of Faith in Montgomery, West Virginia. Over time, people came to know of him and his preaching style. His congregation grew from 100 members to over 300 and he even started a radio ministry during that time. The radio ministry was called his Masters Plan and it ran from 1982 to 1985. He continued with his studies through correspondence and completed his BA, MA and a Doctor of Ministry in Religious Studies.
With the encouragement of Bishop Sherman Watkins, Jakes started a church in Charleston, West Virginia. In the new church, he started focusing on the needs of the women in his church. He encouraged women who had been abused and abandoned to grow despite their pain. He called the sessions with women, “Woman, Thou Art Loosed”. He also started such lessons with men and called it “Manpower”. He published his experiences of working with women in 1993 and called it “Woman, Thou Art Loosed”. It brought him recognition and acclaim and became a national religious best seller.
Jakes started his own ministry T.D. Jakes Ministries and continued to work for the church and beyond it. He finally opened The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas from where he and his team continue their ministry work.
Jakes is also into gospel music and has produced many gospel albums. He won a Grammy in 2003 for Best Gospel or Chorus for “A Wing and a Prayer”. “Live at Potter’s House” received Grammy as well as Dove Award nominations.
What are the best selling books of T D Jakes?
- Before You Do
- Not Easily Broken
- Reposition Yourself
- Mama Made the Difference
- Making Great Decisions
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