Bishop T.D. Jakes celebrated 40 years in the ministry Sunday morning with his congregation at Dallas megachurch The Potter’s House.
Pastors and televangelists from around the world — including Joel Osteen, founder of one of the largest Protestant churches in the U.S., and Brian Houston, founder of Hillsong Church in Australia — sent messages via recorded videos.
Jakes, 59, who grew up in Vandalia, W.Va., also received congratulations from President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Jakes delivered a private sermon that Obama attended at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C., the morning of his inauguration.
“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 written 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.”
Powell said Jakes’ “steadying hand” and guidance have been appreciated by the nation’s leaders, including George W. Bush, who invited Jakes to pray by his side for the victims of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 in Baton Rouge and Washington.
“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 in a written statement.
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SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News – Caleb Downs