Bishop T.D. Jakes celebrated 40 years of Christian ministry Sunday, drawing congratulations from President Barack Obama, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Pastors Joel Osteen and Brian Houston.
"With compassion and grace, you've inspired and touched the hearts of people across America and around the world through the power of faith," Obama said in a statement.
"As you reflect on the difference you've made, know that I deeply appreciate your friendship, your commitment to expanding possibility, and your prayers for me, my family and this country we love," Obama added.
Jakes had recently been named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine.”
"From the hills of Vandalia, West Virginia, to The Potter's House of Dallas, to far reaching radio and television broadcasts, the wisdom and leadership you have shared and continue to share truly make a difference in the lives of the people you touch," Powell said.
On Sunday, The Potter’s House in Dallas held a special service to honor Jakes. Bishop George C. Searight, the founder and senior pastor of the Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Jersey, attended the service.
Jake’s has won the Stellar Award, the NAACP Image Award, the Keeper of the Dream Award, and the McDonald’s 365Black Award.
The Potter’s House has a congregation of about 30,000 people.
Publication date: September 27, 2016