T. D. Jakes, the bishop of The Potter's House, a nondenominational American megachurch just celebrated his 35th wedding anniversary to his wife Serita. Jakes is not only the Bishop of The Potter's House, his church services and evangelistic sermons are broadcast on The Potter's Touch, which airs on Lightsource.com, the Trinity Broadcasting Network, Black Entertainment Television, the Daystar Television Network and The Word Network.
Jakes spent his teenage years caring for his invalid father and working in local industries. Feeling a call to the ministry, he enrolled in West Virginia State University and began preaching part-time in local churches, but he soon dropped out of the university. He took a job at the local Union Carbide and continued preaching part-time. During this time he met his future wife, Serita Jamison. The couple married in May 1982.
The bishop took to social media to express how much his wife Serita Jakes means to him when the pair celebrated their wedding anniversary Tuesday. "35 years of marriage today to this beautiful lady. A lot has happened in 35 years," he wrote. "Whether up or down, her love has been consistent and constant! I'm a blessed man!"
"Many that started with us have gone on and some have split up. Our parents are gone, our church home has moved and all our children are grown," he wrote. "The constant has been our unwavering love and her consistent loyalty to me and the vision God gave me! Happy Anniversary @seritajakes You are loved!"
Mrs. Jakes was grateful for the honor and replied to his message by writing, "thank you my love! Love you."
Sarah Jakes Roberts, the 28-year-old daughter of the pair, also chose to publicly honor her parents on their special day. "One of the lessons I value the most is how they've taught me to show up. My parents will do whatever it takes," she wrote. "They'll mop the floors or speak at inauguration. My parents will fry chicken for a grieving family or dine with kings and queens."
"They never let the room they're in define who they are, they allow the room to adjust to their truth. That truth is one of kindness, generosity, and compassion to all," she wrote. "When they walk in the room what you see is what you get and what you get leaves you feeling better than you were before. I'm grateful to be from their stock."