ABOUT TPHFW

ON THIS PAGE YOU WILL FIND BIOGRAPHIES OF OUR VISIONARIES, ALSO OUR FULL VISION AND MISSION STATEMENTS.

VISIONARIES

Pastor Patrick Winfield of Potter's House of Fort Worth

PATRICK E WINFIELD II

Campus Pastor, The Potter's House FW

Patrick E. Winfield II’s leadership has been extensive, serving in both education and ministry fields. As an educator, leader and pastor his mission is to transform lives, build leaders and strengthen families by helping people discover and live in the grace of God found in Jesus Christ.

As a Student, Pastor Winfield received his Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in English, and a minor in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Illinois, in Champaign, Urbana. He received a Master’s of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary. He’s continued his passion for education through many opportunities such as: English Department Head; Teacher, Vice Principal, Coach, AP (Advanced Placement) and IB (International Baccalaureate) Coordinator and Principal of Clay Academy. He is presently pursuing a Doctorate in Education from Dallas Baptist University.

As a leader, Pastor Winfield believes in service leadership that is exercised through modeling, mentoring, instructing and life coaching. He is consumed with impacting people’s lives and helping them become effective leaders. As a leader and mentor, he has helped establish a College Bible Study in Champaign, Ill., that still reaches out to college students to keep them grounded in God. He has served in short-term missions in South Africa, Namibia, and Kenya. His passion for service and leadership has also provided a vibrant Youth Ministry in Chicago, Il.

As Pastor, Winfield’s passion for empowering people to become their best is demonstrated in his preaching and teaching. Pastor Winfield accepted the call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ on September 16, 1991. He was ordained on October 6, 1996. He has enforced his role in pastoral leadership as: Youth Pastor, Executive Pastor in Chicago, and Establishmentarian of a thriving and growing church in Las Vegas, Nevada. As he continues to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ here in Fort Worth, he stands on the scripture Joshua 1:8, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Pastor Winfield’s greatest inspiration by far is Veronica, his wife, and their three sons: Christiaan, Joshua, and Caleb.

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BISHOP TD JAKES

Lead Pastor and Visionary of The Potter's House

Bishop T. D. Jakes is a charismatic leader, visionary, provocative thinker, and entrepreneur who serves as senior pastor of The Potter’s House, a global humanitarian organization and 30,000-member church located in Dallas, Texas.

T.D. Jakes’ mission is carried out through four distinct channels:  global humanitarian outreach, inspirational conference series, media and entertainment ventures, and thought leadership forums.

Global Humanitarian & Outreach Initiatives include:  Metroplex Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Texas Offenders Re-Entry Initiative (T.O.R.I.) and MegaCARE.

Inspirational Conference Series include:  MegaFEST, Woman Thou Art Loosed, ManPower, MegaKidz, Fire Code Youth and  International Pastors and Leadership Conferences.

Media & Entertainment: Under the for-profit umbrella of TDJ Enterprises(TDJE) are film, music, books and other branded products and digital services that extend the T.D. Jakes name beyond the pulpit.  A master communicator, his relevant message of hope is aimed at a mass media audience.

Leadership Platforms:   Bishop Jakes’ desire to mentor leaders is evidenced in his annual intimate training forums.  Project Gideon – equips those under 40, while Mount Pisgah Experience assists those over 40 looking to gain mastery in ministry.

Thought Leadership: T.D. Jakes has lent his unique voice and intellectual insights to forums such as:

  • The Aspen Institute
  • The Willow Creek Leadership Forum
  • The Drucker Institute, CEO Forum
  • The Elephant Room
  • The SMU Tate Lecture Series
  • The Reconciled Church
  • Conversations with America

T.D. Jakes has advised the last three presidents, was a featured speaker at the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009, gave remarks at a White House Easter Prayer Breakfast in 2011, attended the state dinner for African leaders in 2014 and Pope Francis’ 2015 White House visit.

Over the years, he has met with leaders on the world stage, including President Rawlings of Ghana and President Obasanjo of Nigeria. He was a guest of the King of Jordan, King Abdullah, the President of Trinidad, George Maxwell Richards, and the president of the Republic of Uganda, Yoweri K. Museveni, among others.

In 2015, Bishop Jakes launched “Conversations with America” a series of statically based studies on the issues that impact broad cross-sections of Americans.  In 2016, Bishop Jakes held a live forum to discuss study results on criminal justice, economic reform, national security and racial polarization with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.  The by-invitation only event drew a crowd of 200 including members of Congress, the White House, journalists, lobbyists, and others and aired via Facebook Live with an audience reach of exceeding 1 million.  The award-winning campaign is now a featured segment on the T.D. Jakes Show and continues as an ongoing study.

Select Honors2015 Ebony Power 100, and Newsmax’s Top 100 Leaders (#14), The 2014 Dallas Business Journal Minority Business Award2013 BET Honors recipient for contributions to education, 2013 Stellar Award/Thomas A. Dorsey Award for most notable achievement, 2013 Keepers of the Dream Award, 2012 McDonald’s 365Black community service award, , and the 2011 NAACP Image Award

Bishop Jakes accolades include the following:

  • Listed among PBS’ Religion and Ethics Newsweekly “Top 10 Religious Leaders;”
  • One of the Nation’s Most Influential & Mesmerizing Preachers” by The New York Times;
  • Named Newsweek’s 12 People to Watch;
  • Placed on Savoy Magazine’s “Top 100 Powers That Be;”
  • Ranked on EBONY Magazine’s “Power 100 List;”
  • Called “America’ Best Preacher by CNN and Time;
  • A True 21st Century Renaissance Man; A Prolific Revivalist; Conference Leader & Christian Entrepreneur;
  • “Black Billy Graham Nation’s “25 Most Influential Evangelicals;”
  • Among the Leading Candidates in Line to Inherit Billy Graham’s Mantle;
  • Called “Perhaps the most influential black leader in America today” by The Atlantic;
  • Named by CNN the “Smart Church of the 21st Century”

Digital Impact:

T.D. Jakes taps into a growing global audience who enter his digital-sphere through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Vimeo, Google+, SnapChat, Periscope and the T.D. Jakes app to the tune of 10 Million total followers.

Celebrating 35 years of marriage, Thomas Dexter and Serita Jakes are parents to five children and five grandchildren.  He credits his own parents as the source of his perseverance and sense of self-reliance.

After 40 years in ministry, Bishop Jakes continues to be a leading voice of innovation, inspiration, and influence in Christendom today.

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SARITA JAKES

First Lady and Co-Visionary of The Potter's House

Serita A. Jakes is an author, speaker and visionary. She serves alongside her husband, Bishop T. D. Jakes of the legendary 30,000-member Dallas-based church, The Potter’s House.

Mrs. Jakes serves as executive director of women’s and children’s affairs at The Potter’s House, where she oversees the internationally acclaimed God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program, the nationally acclaimed Distinctively Debutante Program, a mentoring program for academically astute girls, ages 10-17 and Starting Over, a ministry committed to the betterment of women who encounter life altering challenges such as abuse, divorce, joblessness and grief.

A gifted writer, Mrs. Jakes released her first book, The Princess Within, in 1999. In 2003, Warner Faith published Jakes’ second book, Beside Every Good Man: Loving Myself While Standing By Him and in 2011, she released her third book, a novel, The Crossing, which tackles such issues as domestic violence, trauma and post traumatic stress syndrome. The Princess Within has now been adapted to a teen edition for girls ages, 12-15 entitled, The Princess Within for Teens. In 2014, she released The Princess Within for Teens to rave reviews and awards.  The revised edition addresses contemporary issues that many “tween” and teen girls experience including bullying, peer pressure and social media.

A drama major in college, Mrs. Jakes has also lent her expertise to stage and film. She was the co-executive producer of the stage plays Woman, Thou Art Loosed and Behind Closed Doors. In addition, she assisted in the production of the film, Jumping the Broom, which topped box office numbers on opening weekend.

Her latest venture was releasing the SJ Home Collection, a collection of candles and accessories.   She has always believed it is important for a woman to set the atmosphere in their home – it is what you do with the house that makes it a home.  With this collection, she hopes to spread the calming and peaceful atmosphere in homes all over the world.

Jakes’ biblically-grounded knowledge allows her to share with believers and non-believers alike through appearances on The Dr. Phil ShowCNN, Oprah’s Next Chapter and Fox News. She also has been profiled in such notable publications as Ebony, The Washington PostEssence and Rolling Out.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Mrs. Jakes and her husband have five children and she is lovingly called “Granny” by her five grandchildren.

BELIEVE | BELONG | BECOME | BUILD

Believe:

Believing in Jesus is core and the main goal of this body. We believe that belief in Jesus is essential and vital to your own wellbeing. After confessing Jesus as your Lord, the next step is to be baptized. You’ll join a class to learn more about the core principles of Baptism and following Jesus - followed by the baptism itself.

Belong:

We understand that most people need to feel like they belong to a community in order to fully thrive and explore the gifting that God has for them. Belonging means you have an opportunity to join parts of the Church and begin living out a life of service and attendance to our many ministries and events. Belonging is an opportunity for you to engage the church and find the places where you BELONG.

Become:

Membership is partnership. Becoming a member is fully partnering with the ministry through your commitment to faithfully attend worship services, give of your time, and commit to giving of your tithes and offerings to this body. There are a couple of classes that will help you to more fully understand the heart and vision of this campus. F60 is a one hour class that takes place once a month that will outline our core beliefs, and highlight core principles and ministries here at The Potter’s House of Fort Worth. PLACE is a workshop that dives into YOU as an individual and helps you find and solidify your PLACE in this body, and in the world.

Build:

"Build" is another way to say discipleship and growth of the body of Christ. We want you to be equipped in advancing the kingdom of God in your life. Whether that is in the family, in your workplace (or marketplace), or wherever you may go…We want YOU to be successful in living the word of God and seeing it’s impact in your total life. Build is our commitment to walk WITH you and help you fully become all that God has for you. Through this growth, we will see this Church body grow and continue to change lives.