T. D. Jakes Net Worth
T. D. Jakes Net Worth: T. D. Jakes is the Apostle/Bishop of The Potter's House who has a net worth of $18 million. Thomas Dexter Jakes (aka T. D. Jakes) was born June 9, 1957 in South Charleston, West Virginia. The Potter's House, a non-denominational American megachurch with 30,000 members broadcasts T. D. Jakes' church services and evangelistic sermons on The Potter's Touch, which airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Black Entertainment Television, the Daystar Television Network, The Word Network and The Miracle Channel in Canada. Other aspects of Jakes' ministry include an annual revival called MegaFest which draws more than 100,000 people, an annual women's conference called Woman Thou Art Loosed and gospel music recordings. In 1980, at age 23, Jakes became the pastor of Greater Emanuel Temple of Faith, a storefront church in Smithers, West Virginia with ten members. In 1993 he moved to Cross Lanes, West Virginia, where the congregation grew to more than 1,100 people, of whom 60 percent were African American and 40 percent were Caucasian. From 1995 to 1996, Jakes hosted Get Ready, a weekly radio and television show with national distribution through syndication. In 1996 Jakes, his wife, children and a staff of 50 employees relocated to Dallas, Texas where Jakes founded the Potter's House, a non-denominational megachurch. Located on a 34-acre hilltop campus, the Potter's House features a 5,000-seat auditorium, as well as offices for employees and staff and grew the church to 14,000 members by 1998. In 2005 Jakes accompanied President George W. Bush on his visit to the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Jakes has received numerous honors, including 13 honorary degrees and doctorates. He has also received Grammy and Dove Award nominations for Gospel album Live at The Potter's House. PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly named Jakes among America's Top 10 Religious Leaders. Time magazine featured Jakes on the cover of its September 17, 2001 issue with the provocative question, "Is This Man the Next Billy Graham?"