Serita Ann Jakes (nee Jamison) is an American author and public speaker. She is the wife of the popular American author, filmmaker, and pastor Bishop TD Jakes.
Serita Jakes co-pastors The Potter’s House, a megachurch located in Dallas, Texas, alongside her husband T.D. Jakes. The church has grown into one of the largest and most influential congregations in the United States.
Beyond her role in ministry, Serita Jakes is also an accomplished author. She has written several books that focus on spirituality, personal growth, and women’s issues. Some of her popular books include “The Princess Within: Restoring the Soul of a Woman,” “Beside Every Good Man: Loving Myself While Standing By Him,” and “The Crossing.”
In addition to her work in ministry and writing, Serita Jakes is involved in various philanthropic efforts, supporting causes related to education, health, and empowerment.
Serita Ann Jakes was born in Beckley, West Virginia, on August 19, 1955. Her mother passed away from Guillain-Barre Syndrome, which damages the nerves and results in paralysis and muscle weakness. Her father was a coal miner, but little is known about her mother.
Unfortunately, her older brother was also killed in a shooting in front of his kids while Serita was in college. She entered an abusive relationship with a teenage boy as a result of her grief over the deaths of her mother and brother.
While growing up, She experienced bullying as a child due to her weight. She consequently turned to sex, drugs, and alcohol in an effort to fit in. Her life, however, changed dramatically after she was baptized and experienced a new birth.
She revealed once in an interview with Called Magazine that she was raised in the church, but she went astray after joining the wrong crowd. Serita explained:
“I got in with the wrong crowd and started doing their thing, which I thought was my thing, and it was too fast for a little ole country girl like me.”
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Serita Jakes was born on August 19, 1955.
Serita Ann Jakes studied theater and mass communications in college and during that time, she lost her older brother in a shooting.
Serita and TD Jakes got married on May 29, 1982, which was one and a half years after their initial meeting. Thomas Dexter Jakes known popularly as T.D Jakes is the bishop of the Potter’s House, a nondenominational church in Dallas.
A few months after they got married, she and her husband were involved in an accident. In the accident, she sustained injuries to her leg, but they eventually healed.
Jermaine, Thomas Jr., Jamar, Sarah Jake Roberts, and Cora are Serita’s five children. Cora is a preacher and an author, while Sarah is also a Pastor and is married to popular preacher, Pastor Toure Roberts.
Serita Jakes is the Potter’s House Church’s executive director for women and children’s issues. She is in charge of the distinguished God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program, the Distinctively Debs Youth Program for girls who are academically gifted, and Starting Over, a ministry dedicated to helping women who have faced difficult circumstances like abuse, divorce, joblessness, and grief.
Serita is also a well-known public speaker who has appeared on shows like Oprah’s Next Chapter, CNN, Fox News, and Dr. Phil’s Show. She also works for TDJ Enterprises, the production company founded by T.D. Jakes.
Serita Jakes Books
Among other things, Serita is an accomplished writer. Her works include;
- The Princess Within: Restoring the Soul of a Woman
The Crossing: A Novel
Beside Every Good Man: Loving Myself While Standing By Him
The Princess Within for Teens: Discovering Your Royal Inheritance
- Sleeping Beauty
She has also co-authored a number of books with her husband, Bishop T.D Jakes.
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Some of her sermons that you would love include;
- Be Refreshed
- Teaching Girls How To Live
- P.S. I Love You
- How To End Strife With Your Spouse
- See Through Me
- How To Be Content In Waiting Season
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