Dallas Preacher Bishop TD Jakes Celebrated 35th Anniversary of Ministry and 55th Birthday
Bishop T.D. Jakes celebrated his 35th anniversary of ministry and 55th birthday on Friday. He was surprised with tributes from Oprah Winfrey, Tyler Perry, Pastor Paula White and Chaka Khan at the AT&T Performing Arts Center in Dallas. Many celebrities and Christian leaders honored the black minister as a “spiritual leader” and “prophetic voice.”
Oprah Winfrey was the first major surprise guest of the “Triumphant Journey” event celebrating Jakes’ service as a pastor, family man, global leader, author and his work in entertainment.
“There is nobody like you,” Oprah told a stunned Bishop Jakes as he watched from a balcony. “You are a prophet. You are a teacher…an American treasure.”
“You set out on a path and even though the path was hard, you remained unbound,” said Oprah.
Even the scandalous Pastor Paula White of two megachurches in Florida, Without Walls International Church and New Destiny Christian Center, spoke and mentioned how she often calls Jakes her “daddy” and a “pillar of strength”.
“As Paul is to Timothy, so is Bishop Jakes to me.”
“He loves God. At the core of Bishop Jakes, there is a man who has truly a strong foundation. We recognize that there is only one superstar: Jesus. And I think he has kept focused and stayed true to his core, and authentic to who he really is,” said White.
Many celebrity performances honored the man of 35 years in ministry service and for 55 years of life. Those would include performances from Pastor Shirley Ceasar, Ledisi, Mary Mary, BeBe Winans, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, KEM, Kelly Price and Chaka Khan.