In 1998, TD Jakes founded the world-class private college preparatory school – Clay Academy. Clay Academy currently serves pre-K through 8th grade with plans to extend through grade 12. The Clay Academy prep school focuses on the “whole child”, molding them spiritually, academically, athletically, artistically and technologically to achieve greatness.
Bishop Jakes’ ministries include an ambitious and widespread prison ministry. Every Potter’s House conference is broadcast live into prisons around the country. In addition, The Potter’s House has invested over $500,000 in programs and services that equip, empower, support and restore offenders and their families. A program called Texas Offenders Reentry Initiative (TORI), currently operates in Texas’ five major offender re-entry points – Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin and Houston. TORI helps to mainstream former offenders by offering substance abuse education, family and marriage counseling, pre-employment counseling and assistance for low-income families with enrollment in state and federal support programs. The ministry’s Adopt A Prison program contributes significantly by providing training to churches to better embrace and support former offenders and current prisoners, helping to reduce the recidivism rate of program participants.
TD Jakes is a ministerial and business visionary, an entrepreneurial trailblazer, an altruistic philanthropist. In the words of Charisma Magazine’s Ken Walker, Bishop Jakes’ message“... is about God’s supernatural ability, bestowed by a Lord who is color-blind and cares about each person... (Bishop Jakes) delivers the Word in such a lightning-rod fashion that he makes you believe that all things really are possible with God.”
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