Mrs. Serita A. Jakes is an inspirational woman of God who leads with wisdom and grace. Throughout her nearly 30 years of marriage, she has diligently served alongside her husband, Bishop T. D. Jakes, with purpose and precision. An insightful speaker, she draws heavily from her education and background in theater and mass communications. A soft-spoken woman offstage, Mrs. Jakes possesses the rare ability to reach and stir her audiences as she works to complement her husband’s ministry.
In her role as Executive Director of The Potter’s House Women’s Ministries, Mrs. Jakes’ heart for women is made evident in her efforts to embrace and encourage women from all backgrounds. She oversees Rahab International Ministries for survivors of domestic violence; as well as the highly acclaimed God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program (GLL) for women who seek to lead excellent spiritual, personal and professional lifestyles; and the Debutante Program for teenage girls. Because of the success of GLL, the program was launched internationally in 2011.
A gifted speaker and author, Mrs. Jakes released her first book in August 1999, The Princess Within, which to date has sold more than 200,000 copies. The book is a poignant and revealing autobiographical reflection of encouragement and victory over pain, trauma and abuse. Mrs. Jakes wrote the book as a vehicle of encouragement for hurting women who want to break the silence surrounding their secret pain and obtain healing from it. That same year, Mrs. Jakes traveled extensively as co-executive producer with the Woman, Thou Art Loosed stage play. She also served as public spokesperson on the performance tour, addressing the critical issues of sexual abuse, alcoholism, abortion, and addictive relationships that were dramatized by the play. In 2000, Mrs. Jakes was co-executive producer of her husband’s stage play Behind Closed Doors, which addressed the critical issue of breast cancer among women. In November 2003, Warner Faith published Mrs. Jakes’ second book, Beside Every Good Man: Loving Myself While Standing By Him. It challenges women to explore the seasons that shape their views of male influence in their eyes.
In 2009, Mrs. Jakes appeared in the movie, Not Easily Broken, which was released January of that same year by Sony Pictures. The movie ranked No. 9 nationally during opening week. Because of her heart for women, in 2011, Mrs. Jakes debuted eMotions Magazine, a digital publication that seeks to inspire and educate all women. She also assisted in the production of her husband’s latest film Jumping the Broom. The comedy opened in theaters May 2011 and topped box office numbers during opening weekend. Currently, Mrs. Jakes has been intricately involved with her husband’s highly anticipated sitcom, One Love, and is awaiting the release of her non-fiction book, The Crossing, which will be available in stores September 6, 2011. The book, which centers on young people, explores the traumatic situations they encounter that transpire into their adulthood. The book also addresses what they must do to move forward in their lives.
With echoes of her husband’s preaching style, Mrs. Jakes boldly challenges women to serve as blessings to their husbands and families. The Potter’s House family attributes Mrs. Jakes’ wisdom and leadership to the emphasis she places on a close personal relationship with God.
A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs. Jakes and Bishop Jakes have five children and three grandchildren.