Bishop T.D. Jakes celebrated 35 years of spiritual leadership and his 55th birthday with a star studded event titled A Triumphant Journey.
The two-hour, black-tie event which was held at the AT&T Winspear Opera House in downtown Dallas, was hosted by media mogul Tyler Perry and CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien. The night featured a guest appearance from entertainment icon Oprah Winfrey.
There were musical tributes from Chaka Khan, Jordin Sparks, Mary Mary, Ledisi, BeBe Winans, Pastor Shirley Caesar, KEM, Kelly Price, Fred Hammond, Israel Houghton, Kirk Whalum, Keiko Matsui and Karen Clark Sheard.
Film stars Loretta Devine, Mike Epps, Derek Luke, Kimberly Elise, Meagan Good and Charles Dutton, as well as Christian leaders Dr. Bernice King, Pastor Paula White, Pastor John Hagee and Pastor Sam Rodriguez honored Bishop Jakes for inspiring so many.
The guest list also included Angela Bassett, Courtney B. Vance, Glynn Turman, Debra Martin Chase, DeVon Franklin, Emmett Smith, Tracey Edmonds and Deion Sanders.
“My husband has committed his life to empowering others that they might have joy, love and hope in their lives. The event was an opportunity to salute him for the millions of lives he’s touched, the hearts he’s changed and the lives he’s saved through his stirring messages. It was a blessing to honor him for 35 years of unwavering service.”-Serita Jakes