(Soledad O’Brien and Tyler Perry host star Studded Gald honoring Bishop T. D. Jakes)
Dallas, TX — World leaders, dignitaries and celebrities from across the globe descended upon Dallas, TX over the weekend to attend a historic event honoring global humanitarian and faith-based entertainment mogul Bishop T.D. Jakes’ 35 years of spiritual leadership. Aptly titled “A Triumphant Journey,” the two-hour, black-tie celebration was hosted by director/writer/producer Tyler Perry and CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, at the state-of-the-art AT&T Winspear Opera House in downtown Dallas.
Bishop Jakes, senior pastor of the 30,000 member Dallas-based church The Potter’s House, was celebrated for a career spanning more than three decades. A true man of God, Bishop Jakes was lauded for his accomplishments in ministry and entertainment, as well as his dedication to humanity and family, in front of a packed audience comprised of family, friends, parishioners, dignitaries, celebrities and fans.
“My husband has committed his life to empowering others that they might have joy, love and hope in their lives. The event was an opportunity to salute him for the millions of lives he’s touched, the hearts he’s changed and the lives he’s saved through his stirring messages,” said Serita Jakes. “It was a blessing to honor him for 35 years of unwavering service.”
Chaka Khan, Jordin Sparks, Mary Mary, Ledisi, BeBe Winans, Pastor Shirley Caesar, KEM, Kelly Price, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui and Karen Clark Sheard all performed stirring tributes at this first-of-its-kind event. In addition, film stars Loretta Devine, Mike Epps, Derek Luke, Kimberly Elise, Meagan Good and Charles Dutton, as well as Christian leaders Dr. Bernice King, Pastor Paula White, Pastor John Hagee and Pastor Sam Rodriguez paid homage to Bishop Jakes for inspiring so many. Other notable guests who were on hand to celebrate Bishop Jakes’ 35th anniversary include Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Glynn Turman, Debra Martin Chase, DeVon Franklin, Emmett Smith, Tracey Edmonds and Deion Sanders.
The Dallas Black Dance Theater praised Bishop Jakes’ milestone anniversary with a stirring performance, and luminaries such as Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil McGraw, the Mandela family, cast members of the upcoming film “Sparkle,” and others delivered moving video presentations. Legendary producer, Ron Weisner — a creative force on The GRAMMY® Awards and The BET Awards– served as producer for the program.
About Bishop T.D. Jakes
Named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine, Bishop Jakes’ voice reverberates from the world’s most prominent stages. Through his nexus of charitable works, Bishop Jakes is known for extending a hand of help to the needy, heart of compassion to the hurting, and message of inspiration to the oppressed.
Beyond the pulpit, Bishop Jakes ranks among the 25 Most Influential African Americans, Britain’s 100 Most Influential Black People and EBONY’s Power 100. His worldwide impact is felt through an empire that spans film, television, radio, best-selling books, greeting cards and conference series.
Bishop Jakes made his presence felt in Hollywood and at the box office with the release of “Jumping the Broom,” a romantic comedy that debuted as the #1 comedy and #3 overall in 2011. Rounding out a prodigious year, Jakes also completed “On the Seventh Day,” the first sequel in the “Woman Thou Art Loosed” franchise which was released in May, 2012 as well as the remake of “Sparkle,” set for release August 17.
After 35 years in ministry, Bishop Jakes continues to be a leading voice of innovation, inspiration, and influence around the world.