Dallas pastor T.D. Jakes expresses support for son accused of indecent exposure
“It is in moments like these that I am so grateful that we do not preach that we are the solution, but we look to Christ for resolution,” Jakes, pastor of Dallas’ megachurch The Potter’s House, said in a written statement provided to The Dallas Morning News late Friday night.
“So then, as a very human family with real issues, like many other people, we will draw from the same well of grace to which we have led others to drink and be refreshed,” the statement concludes.
According to police, Jermaine Jakes, 29, exposed himself in front of an undercover Dallas police vice detective on the night of Jan. 3 at Kiest Park, near West Kiest Boulevard and South Hampton Road.
He was detained at the scene and released, as is often done in such cases. He turned himself in to the Dallas County Jail on Thursday and was released after posting $1,000 bail.
Jermaine Jakes’ arrest made the news last week and prompted much Internet comment.
But his father’s ministry will not be seriously undercut by his son’s troubles, predicted Shayne Lee, a Tulane University sociology professor who wrote a book analyzing the appeal of the Dallas pastor.
Because T.D. Jakes has consistently preached compassion, Lee said, most in the public will show compassion over the trouble in the Jakes family.
• Bishop T.D. Jakes’ full statement, The Dallas Morning News