His church services and evangelistic sermons are broadcast on The Potter's House, which airs on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. He also airs on The Word Network. Other aspects of Jakes' ministry include an annual revival called "MegaFest" (which draws more than 100,000 people during that period of time), an annual women's conference called "Woman Thou Art Loosed", and gospel music recordings.
Bishop T. D. Jakes has become one
of America's best-known ministers. He has met many
famous evangelicals, and many of them look to Bishop
Jakes as a sort of Billy Graham. He founded The Potter's
House in 1996, with about 50 families that had relocated
with him from his former congregation, Greater Emmanuel
Temple of Faith in Cross Lanes, West Virginia. By
December 2002, it had 28,000 members. Both Jakes and his
Potter's House church are unrelated to the Potter's
House Christian Fellowship,
a Pentecostal denomination founded in Arizona in 1970.
The movie Woman Thou Art Loosed is based on Jakes' novel of the same name.
For the 2006 PBS program African American Lives, Jakes had his DNA analyzed; his Y chromosome showed that he is descended from the Igbo people of what is now Nigeria. According to family tradition, he is also descended from the Igbo people through his paternal grandmother.