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Thomas Dexter Jakes Sr (commonly known as Bishop T.D Jakes), is a popular American based bishop, filmmaker, and author. Thomas Dexter Jakes is the bishop of The Potter’s House, which happens to be a non-denominational American megachurch.

However, Bishop T.D Jakes broadcasts his services, meetings, and evangelistic sermons on the Potter’s Touch.

Biography and Net Worth of Bishop Thomas Dexter Jakes

The Complete Biography and Net Worth of Bishop T.D Jakes

         The Complete Biography and Net Worth of Bishop T.D Jakes

Early Life

Bishop Thomas Dexter Jakes (T.D Jakes) was born in South Charleston, West Virginia on the 9th of June, 1957 and he grew up in Vandalia, West Virginia.

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He was born into the family of an entrepreneur, Ernest, and Odith. His mum is a renowned educator.

However, his DNA was analyzed and his Y chromosome indicated that he is descended from the Igbo people of Nigeria.

Marriage And Family

Bishop T.D Jakes met his wife Serita Ann Jamison in the year 1980 (at age 23) when he was invited as a guest preacher at Serita’s home church in Beckley, West Virginia.

T.D Jakes got married to Serita in the year 1982 (when he turned 25) and they are blessed with 5 children (Jermaine Jakes, Jamar Jakes, Thomas Jakes Jnr, Sarah Jakes, and Cora Jakes).


Jakes was popularly known as ‘the bible boy’ in his community and he preached his first sermon in the year 1976 (at age 19). He was officially ordained in 1979.

Bishop Thomas Dexter Jakes became the pastor of Greater Emmanuel Temple of Faith, West Virginia in the year 1982 with approximately ten members. He was formerly ordained as a bishop in 1987.

He later joined another denomination called Higher Ground Always Abounding Assemblies in the year 1988 of which the denomination was founded by Bishop Sherman Watkins.

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T.D Jakes however later moved from Vandalia to South Charleston, West Virginia in the year 1990 and the number of his congregation grew to 300 members. Jakes later moved from South Charleston to Cross Lanes, West Virginia in the year 1993.

In the year 1995, Thomas Dexter Jakes started an enterprise where he produces his films and publishes his books which he called TDJ Enterprise. From 1995 to 1996, Bishop Jakes started hosting his weekly television and radio show tagged ‘Get Ready’.

Thomas Dexter Jakes started The Potter’s House in Dallas, Texas in the year 1996. It’s a non-denominational church located on a 34-acre hilltop campus. However, The Potter’s House Church is a 5,000-seat auditorium.

Net Worth

T.D Jakes’ Net Worth was estimated to be $140 million and he’s actually one of The Richest Pastors in The World at large.


In the year 2003, His album ‘A Wing and a Prayer’ won the “Best Gospel or Chorus Album” at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2003.

He was featured on the cover of Time Magazine on the 17th September 2001 captioned with a very challenging question ‘Is This Man The Next Billy Graham?’

He was also rated as one of the Top 10 Religious Leaders in America (by Ethics Newsweekly and PBS Religion). Jakes has also received Grammy and Dove Award nominations for the gospel album “Live at The Potter’s House.”

Bishop T.D Jakes was also mentioned in Oprah’s SuperSoul100 list of visionaries and influential leaders in 2016.

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