TD Jakes

Bishop T.D. Jakes hails from four generations of entrepreneurs. In fact, he asserts, “I was entrepreneurial before I was ministerial. It has always been a part of my history, my destiny.” His father developed a janitorial business from a mop and bucket to a 52-employee operation.

Over more than two decades, the bishop has expanded his brand beginning in 1994, when he established the non-profit, T.D. Jakes Ministries Inc., to produce television sermons and conferences. In 1995, he established the media and entertainment company TDJ Enterprises L.L.P., the umbrella under which he still produces his books, movies, television programs, music CDs, digital properties, leadership training, and live events designed to entertain, educate, and empower—not just Christian—but mainstream audiences.

The following year, he founded The Potter’s House of Dallas Inc., a mega church with more than 30,000 members and more than 50 non-profit community outreach ministries. He also developed real estate


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Source: Small Business – Black Enterprise