Bio: Bishop T.D. Jakes

Bishop T. D. Jakes is an entrepreneur and senior pastor of The Potter's House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas.

Named America's Best Preacher by Time magazine and CNN, Jakes' voice reverberates from the world’s most prominent stages—from the White House, to the Aspen Institute, to Nasrec Expo Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Beyond the pulpit at The Potter's House, his worldwide impact is felt through high-profile conferences such as MegaFest, which recently drew more than 91,000 participants in 2015. This year's festival is expected to break all prior records. 

Called a 21st Century Renaissance Man by CBN, Jakes is regularly engaged in philanthropy for the communities he serves worldwide. As a business leader, his media and entertainment empire spans film, television, radio, music and best-selling books, including the box office hits Miracles from Heaven (2016)—the sequel to Heaven is for Real (2014)—and the New York Times best-seller Destiny (Faithwords, 2016), as well as the forthcoming Second Wind.  He also heads an award-winning music label and helms a self-titled talk show that debuted on Sept. 12, 2016. 

Celebrating more than 40 years in ministry, Bishop Jakes has been married to Serita for more than three decades, and is the father of five and grandfather of five.