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Divine Intervention: TD Jakes

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Divine Intervention: TD Jakes

Ever since the beginning of time, there have been those who have claimed to be prophets and messiahs. Some were genuine, some were frauds; but none were more successful than TD Jakes.

TD Jakes was born in Texas in 1958 and grew up in poverty. When he was just seven years old, he was baptized into the Pentecostal church by his mother. His father was an alcoholic and left the family when TD was just 10 years old—he would never see him again. At age 12, he began preaching at his local church and used his time there to hone his skills as a minister.

By 1968, he had moved to Dallas where he became pastor of a small congregation on the outskirts of town called The Potter’s House. He then began working with Dr. Kenneth Hagin Jr., who taught him how to heal people with faith-based prayer. It wasn’t long before Jakes had his own television show called “Praise the Lord” that aired in syndication across the country from 1987 until 2010—the longest-running religious program ever to air on television!

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Divine Intervention: TD Jakes

When Reverend William T. Jakes was a teenager, he knew that he wanted to be a preacher. He felt it was his calling and the only thing he could do with his life. But when his mother died suddenly when he was only 16 years old, he had to leave school to help support his family of seven siblings.

He worked as a janitor at two different factories until one day, when he was just 19 years old, God told him through an inner voice that if he didn’t go back to school and finish high school and college, then his mother’s death would have been in vain. So he went back to school—this time at night.

He eventually graduated from Virginia Union University with a degree in business administration and worked as a manager for Coca-Cola for many years before becoming pastor at Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Church in Washington D.C., where he served for 25 years before moving on to become senior pastor at The Potter’s House Christian Fellowship Church in Dallas Texas (which has since grown into six churches throughout Texas).

The mission of The Potter’s House is “to reach people with the love of God.”


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