He is he force behind the annual celebrity studded celebration of faith called ‘MegaFest’.
Bishop T.D. Jakes has become a sort of celebrity in his own right. In fact, Time Magazine once wondered if he might be America’s next Billy Graham.
Jakes, who leads a 35,000-member non-denominational Potter’s House mega church in Dallas gives a Sunday sermon in a stadium-style building.
Now he’s getting ready to reach the even larger Monday through Friday crowd as he takes to a more secular stage for T.D. Jakes — the talk show.
Jakes says viewers can expect, “A Dr. Phil meets Oprah sort of thing. I’m absolutely excited about it. We’re going to deal with everything–some of the pitfalls we get into–but more importantly how do we get out of them? It’s an opportunity to reach a lot of people with hope and encouragement and excitement. And it’s fun for me to be able to be on a platform where I can talk about everything.”
The hour-long weekday show will initially debut for a trial run on four TEGNA stations starting August 17, including WKYC Channel 3 in Cleveland from 2-3 p.m.
“It’s nice to be challenged again at this stage in my life. I’m 58 years old and I have the opportunity to do something new and fresh and exciting.”
He’ll still draw on his faith in this new venture, but unlike what his congregation is accustomed to, Jakes has no plans to preach on air. He says the talk show will show a very different side of him.
“People tend to define you by how they met you and they tend to incarcerate you by how they define you. But I am a kind of guy that breaks boundaries and likes to talk about everything and likes to enjoy life and have a lot of fun.”
That should be evident for an hour each weekday afternoon after the show launches.
Jakes says he’ll delve into some fun topics, but he really perks up when he talks about his plans to address the issues faced by everyday people in everyday life but he insists it will be presented it in a way you don’t see every day.
“There are not that many people on television who are saying anything that is hopeful anymore…and to be encouraging and positive and uplifting and help people work through tight places in their lives is what I do anyway. So to do it on television and reach other people is really a calling for me.”
via – wkyc