Bishop TD Jakes in SA

By Drum Digital
15 September 2010

FIVE minutes. That’s all we could get with this man when he popped into Jozi the other day – but what can you do? This is, after all, Bishop TD Jakes, one of the busiest – and most popular – preachers in the world.

There aren’t many men of the cloth who find themselves thronged by adoring fans when they appear in public but this 53-year-old grandfather has achieved almost rock-star status, thanks to his gospel empire that includes DVDs and sermons that are broadcast daily on TV stations across the globe.

He also draws capacity crowds at his annual Megafest revivals where up to 100 000 people gather for several days of concerts, speakers and youth events. And he’s written 26 books, many of them bestsellers, including his best-known offering, Woman Thou Art Loosed, which has helped many women overcome past hurts and move on to live fuller lives.

His latest passion is movie making and last year he produced Not Easily Broken, which is based on one of his novels.

The good bishop is also husband to Serita Ann Jamison, father to five children – Jermaine, Jamar, Cora, Sarah and Thomas Jakes Jnr – and granddad of two.

It is with a mixture of excitement and nervousness that we wait for him in the lounge on the 27th floor of the Intercontinental Sandton Towers in Joburg for our five precious minutes. We were expecting the suited, formal man we’re used to seeing on TV – but when he walks in he’s wearing jeans, a black T-shirt, tracksuit top, a cap and takkies. He’s about to leave for Durban and decided to dress casually for the trip.

Jakes is in SA to preach at his friend Bishop Noel Jones’ conference and is doing philanthropic work too – yesterday he was in Thembisa. As one of his assistants stands nearby to ensure he doesn’t miss his flight to Durban we manage to find out a little more about the man who started out as a road worker and now heads a church with 30 000 members in Dallas, Texas.

As we discover, you can find out a lot in five minutes . . .

Read the full article in the Drum of 23 September 2010

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