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TDJ Selected Honors

TDJ Selected Honors

Oct. 31, 2009 Bishop Jakes inducted into the International Black Gospel Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
For his health and humanitarian contributions, Bishop Jakes receives the first-ever Community Leaders Award from the National Association of Community Health Centers and the United Health Group during the Congressional Black Caucus.
Essence magazine presents Bishop Jakes with an All-Star Tribute.
As a panelist for the June 2009 Aspen Institute, Bishop Jakes speaks alongside former Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O’Conner and Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree.
In January Bishop Jakes is profiled on HBO’s Blacklist Vol. 2, a documentary featuring accomplished African Americans in their respective areas.
President Barack Obama asks Bishop Jakes to deliver the morning service before the historic Presidential Inauguration.
January 9, Bishop Jakes releases new movie Not Easily Broken, which ranked No. 9 nationally during opening weekend.

Bishop Jakes serves as correspondent for MSNBC during the 2008 presidential elections.
Bishop Jakes announces the return of MegaFest this time in Johannesburg, South Africa. Through MegaCARE thousands of people were served and a large amount of medicine was donated to a local clinic in South Africa.
Essence magazine presents Bishop T.D. Jakes with the 2008 President’s Award for his book, Reposition Yourself (Atria).
Bishop Jakes receives the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Award from the Congress of Racial Equality.
AIDS Institute honors Bishop Jakes with the 2008 Heroes in the Struggle Award.

“Mama Made The Difference” wins the 38th Annual NAACP Image Award in the Instructional category.
Readers of The Church Report rank Bishop Jakes #4 among “The 50 Most Influential Christians in America.”
CNN names Bishop Jakes to their Blue Ribbon Panel, placing him in the company of 15 influential world leaders who are committed to improving the state of our world.
The Atlantic magazine includes Bishop Jakes to highlight in their 150th anniversary issue.
Bishop Jakes is named by Essence magazine to the “25 Most Influential of 2007.”
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Award presented to Bishop Jakes by the Congress of Racial Equality.
2008 Essence Literary Award given to Bishop Jakes for “Reposition Yourself.”
“Reposition Yourself” nominated for the 39th NAACP Image Award in the Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional.

“Mama Made The Difference” wins 2006 Quill Award in the Religion/Spirituality category

“Mama Made The Difference” reaches No. 4 on New York Times Hardcover Advice and How-To Best Sellers List

The T. D. Jakes Wing of the Melchizedek Hospital in Kenya is dedicated

In January, The Church Report magazine announced that its readers selected Bishop Jakes as the Most Influential Christian for 2005


Served as the official homilist at the Washington National Cathedral during the commemoration of the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the survivors of Hurricane Katrina

Woman, Thou Art Loosed - The Movie won NAACP Image Award for best independent or foreign film

Receives President’s Award from the National Black MBA Association

Honored with the prestigious Trumpet Award

Joins the Rev. Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church in leading more than 20,000 people in prayer at Dallas’ Reunion Arena in recognition of the Global Day of Prayer

Dallas Legal Defense Society Award, 2005: Bishop Jakes one of 10 citizens recognized for work on behalf of Dallas poor

A new Georgia Dome plaque presented and displayed to recognize Bishop and Mrs. Jakes for overall record-breaking campus attendance, 560,000 people, during MegaFest 2004

100 Black Men of America, Inc., gave Bishop Jakes its Chairman Award for community empowerment

Time magazine named Bishop Jakes one of the 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America

President’s Award given to Bishop Jakes during the 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards
Grammy Award for “A Wing and a Prayer” in the Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album category

D Magazine’s 30th anniversary issue featured Bishop Jakes on the cover and in the lead story as one of “30 People We Love”

Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s Best American Film award for “Woman, Thou Art Loosed”

Grammy nomination for the “He-Motions” CD

American Black Film Festival gave “Woman, Thou Art Loosed” its 2004 Audience Award for Best Feature

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office for Film & Broadcasting named “Woman, Thou Art Loosed” one of 2004’s 10 best films, along with “The Aviator,” “Hotel Rwanda,” “The Passion of the Christ” and “Ray”

Grammy Award nominations for Gospel Album Follow the Star and A Wing and a Prayer

Savoy magazine named Bishop Jakes as one of the “Top 100 Powers That Be”
National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) honored Bishop Jakes with the distinguished Chairman’s Award for television broadcasting excellence
NAACP Image Award for gospel album “The Storm Is Over”
Stellar Award for gospel album “The Storm Is Over”
Dove Award nomination for gospel album “The Storm Is Over”
Grammy Award nomination for gospel album “The Storm Is Over”
“God's Leading Lady,” Bishop Jakes' 27th book, reaches No. 4 on New York Times Hardcover Advice Best Sellers List
“The Encyclopedia of African-American Christian Heritage” (Judson Press) included Bishop Jakes in their publication
NAACP regional convention in Dallas featured Bishop Jakes as keynote
Who’s Who Among African-Americans added Bishop Jakes and asked him to write the foreword
Grammy Award nomination for gospel album “Woman, Thou Art Loosed – Worship 2002”

On New Years’ Day, CNN and Time magazine honored Bishop Jakes as one of the year’s top five religious innovators
Time magazine and CNN named Bishop Jakes “America's Best Preacher” –

Time features him on its September 11 cover

Ebony magazine (November) named Bishop Jakes one of the “56 Most Intriguing Blacks of 2001.”  Notables included Muhammad Ali, Barry Bonds, Secretary General of the U.N. Kofi Annan, Chancellor of M.I.T. Dr. Phillip Clay, Donnie McClurkin, and Surgeon General David Satcher
The book “Woman, Thou Art Loosed” officially sold more than 1.5 million copies

PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly listed Bishop Jakes in its “Top 10 Religious Leaders”
National Professional Network granted Bishop Jakes its “Living Legend” award Bishop Jakes’ 24th book, “Maximize The Moment,” reached No. 3 on the New York Times Business Best Sellers List
Bishop Jakes was keynote speaker at the annual conferences of
The National Black Police Association,
The Congressional Black Caucus, and
The National Council of Black Mayors
Chelsea House Publishers added Bishop Jakes’ biography to the “Black Americans of Achievement” series in the company of Alex Haley, Martin Luther King, Fredrick Douglass, George Washington Carver, Marcus Garvey, Rosa Parks, and Booker T. Washington

Stellar Foundation gave its Excellence Award to Bishop Jakes
Gospel Today magazine gave Bishop Jakes its Gospel Heritage Award
Grammy and Dove Award nominations for the gospel album “Live at The Potter's House”
Billboard magazine named “Sacred Love Songs,” Bishop Jakes’ second musical project, “one of the year’s top Gospel albums”
Publishers Weekly named “The Lady, Her Lover and Her Lord” one of the top five non-fiction books of the year, and “Woman, Thou Art Loosed” edition of the New King James Bible as one of the top religion titles of the year
Bishop Jakes was invited to speak at the coronation ceremonies of Ghana Tribal King Kingsley Fletcher
Woman, Thou Art Loosed Conference at the record at the Georgia Dome drew 87,500, breaking the previous attendance record held by Rev. Billy Graham
The theatrical presentation of “Woman, Thou Art Loosed” was honored as No. 1 Gospel Play
Bishop Jakes was keynote speaker at the National Day of Prayer in Washington, D.C.

Bishop Jakes received the first of several honorary doctorates
Grammy and Dove Awards nominations for the “Woman, Thou Art Loosed” musical project

Degrees and Certificates

Degree/Certificate Field

Bachelor of Arts Biblical Studies Friends International Christian University July 25, 1985

Masters of Arts Biblical Studies
Friends International Christian University May 25, 1990

Diplomat  -- I. A. C. C. C June 6, 1995

International Advisory Board Member University Professor
 -- June 12, 1995

Doctor of Ministry Religious Studies Friends International Christian University June 14, 1995

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