Bishop Jakes, Turning His Focus to Home

T.D. Jakes, the TV mega-preacher who whipped up a spiritual storm during a revival meeting this week in Upper Marlboro, is going through trying times. He talked to The Post’s Hamil Harris about the two heart attacks his 25-year-old son, Jamar, suffered last month.

Jakes canceled a sermon in Nigeria and rushed home to Dallas to help him recover: “Above everything we do in ministry, our first call is to our own family. My only wish was for my son to come home. He was all that I wanted for Christmas.”

In recent weeks, the multimillionaire, self-ordained Bishop Jakes also has had to defend himself against continuing criticism that he focuses too much on marketing his products and not enough on social ills and civil rights.

But Jakes makes no apologies for his opulent lifestyle, saying he supports “entrepreneurial pursuits in the community to build economic wealth. . . . I am trying to cover my end of the wall. I don’t criticize civil rights leaders because they don’t feed the homeless. In reality, none of us can do it all.”

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Jan. 6, 2005 Column
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