Women That Inspire: Lady Serita Jakes

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Lady Serita Jakes – wife, First Lady of The Potter’s House (Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas), mother, grandmother, author, ministry leader, and more – has a profound and passionate commitment to leading women to become all that God has destined them to be.

Although she’s often seen before the congregation — guiding WoMan to Woman Ministries, developing God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program, and supporting her husband, Bishop T.D. Jakes — behind the scenes, she appreciates the simpler and more meaningful things in life.  She loves being near her family, and shares that she enjoys “…loving on them and being loved and accepted unconditionally. I enjoy the good times, and I have stopped bracing for bad times.  I used to feel like I needed to carry an umbrella — because I thought there was a water balloon over my head, and I didn’t know where the pin was.”

While today Serita Jakes has clearly been empowered to remove that “umbrella” and inspire others, she vividly recalls experiencing “Mean Girl” syndrome first hand as a little girl. The memory of those painful emotions ultimately planted a deep desire within her to affect change.

Rather than traveling a popular road, she blazed a trail — and created an unconditional ministry where everyone is accepted. She wants women to realize the commonality between them, which will make it easier to unite and move forward. In describing the power of God’s message to the women she ministers to, she shares:  “I wanted it to flow from the pulpit, out to the pew, to the front doors and to the parking lot and beyond.”

Serita Jakes crafted two major ministries aimed to help women experience greater success, empowerment, and fulfillment in all areas of their lives. WoMan to Woman Ministries aims to improve the spiritual and emotional lives of the women that it reaches; according to its Vision Statement, it is “strategically designed to touch, empower, include, involve, and encircle every woman of The Potter’s House.”

God’s Leading Ladies Life Enrichment Program is a three-month intensive, covering topics such as finance, relationships, and leadership — and has grown to include several international chapters, and online courses. Designed to “propel women out of their comfort zone,” the program has impacted the lives of thousands of women in areas including business, entrepreneurship, health, and more.

“We are loosing women to lead and move forward unapologetically,” says Lady Jakes.

A crucial element of her mission is to, “reach people who wouldn’t ordinarily come through [the] church doors.” Her recently released novel The Crossing, does just that.  This book tells a riveting story of teenagers who experience a very tragic occurrence at a railroad crossing.  It takes a look at them ten years later and shows how unresolved emotional struggles have affected their lives. The Crossing is a book that deals with real issues.

“We have to talk real!  It’s good to talk about biblical characters, but let’s get down to real people and real issues.  We have to embrace them!” says Jakes.  She continuously uses her platform to minister to hurting people, and to encourage them to remove the “veil of shame” about emotional disorders – sharing that the first step to deliverance is admission and truth. “Pain has no barrier,” she shares.  “It is okay to say ‘I need help’.”

When asked if there was one thing that she could change in the community, her passion for young people becomes evident.

“I wish that we could start helping this next generation. We need to prepare the generations that are thirty and younger for this next move. We can’t allow our children to inherit this chaos.  I wish that more people would sense the urgency [to help this generation] and be proactive and not reactive.  We have to affect change and get wisdom from God.”

To find out more about First Lady Serita Jakes, join her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/firstladyjakes, follow her on Twitter at http://twitter.com/#!/@firstladyjakes, and find out more about The Crossing at www.tdjakes.org/thecrossing/.

Tanika Jones is a marketing professional and aspiring Christian author. A student at Rhema Correspondence Bible School, has been called to minister to others through her passion for writing. In her spare time, she loves reading, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. To learn more about Tanika, visit her blog, “My Alabaster Box” at www.tanikajones.com.

Tanika Fitzgerald is combining her career passion with her spiritual calling. Balancing her full-time job with her love of the written word, Fitzgerald writes to inspire and help women grow spiritually, live balanced lives and be armed for victory in every area of life. Fitzgerald founded ARMED Magazine, a publication created to equip women spiritually for victory in the struggles of everyday life. Fitzgerald and her husband, Maurice, live in Chicago where they are waiting, in faith, for their first child. Connect with Tanika Fitzgerald at www.tanikafitzgerald.com, on Facebook (tanikafitzgerald) and on Twitter (TR_Fitzgerald).


  1. Kennisha

    March 8, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    This was such a great article, Tanika! Great interview! It's so sweet to hear the heart of Lady Jakes. Beautiful person and such a incredible selfless ambition to empower women. Love that! Awesome read, sis!!! 😉

  2. shamenomore001

    March 8, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    You've done an excellent job with this article. I wish you much luck in your future endeavors. @shamenomore001

  3. Tanika Jones

    March 8, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    Thank you ladies!!!! It feels so great to walk in His purpose! God Bless you both!

  4. LGQ

    March 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    You really exposed another dimension to the person Lady Jakes is, kudos!

  5. delinda sprouse

    March 10, 2012 at 7:27 pm


  6. Elizabeth Hughes

    March 10, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    What a beautiful article. Lady Jakes is truly a woman of GOD. The light that shines through her is bright for all the world to see the goodness of our LORD JESUS. The anointing that GOD has entrusted her with is not wasted nor are her gifts hidden under a bushel. You go Lady Jakes!!
    Love you, Elizabeth Hughes,Ypsilanti, Michigan

  7. Yolanda King Stephen

    March 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Great article Tanika – it really puts a different dimension on Lady Serita Jakes. Awesome!

  8. Jeni

    March 20, 2012 at 1:10 pm

    It’s nice to see what a pastor’s wife can do as well as support her husband’s ministry. We need to support these women out there. God Bless your heart for caring for those around u !

  9. sewawesomeness

    April 12, 2012 at 8:50 am

    Amen! Glory be to God! Great Article!

    Hosanna in the Highest!
    For His Glory,
    ♥ Linda M

  10. Hilda-Christie

    May 17, 2015 at 4:49 pm

    Lady Serita Jakes you are a true inspiration . Thank you for tatting real life issues affecting young women . May the Lord strengthen you.

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