Article By Jenifer Williams // EEW Magazine News
Bishop T.D. Jakes, a well-known advocate for women in ministry, is celebrating his eldest daughter’s ministerial elevation.
This weekend, Cora Jakes-Coleman officially received her graduation certificate from The Potter’s House School of Ministry, making her an ordained Elder.
Her proud papa beamed on Instagram in a sweet open letter to the preaching powerhouse, saying how proud both he and his wife First Lady Serita Jakes are.
“You've always said from the age of five, that you were called to preach,” wrote the 59-year-old pastor of The Potter’s House of Dallas, the mega church from where Jakes-Coleman earned her license.
Quoting the aspirational words of his female mini-me during her youthful days, Jakes wrote, ‘I'm gonna be a preacher, just like my Daddy!’
Well, looks like her early declaration manifested.
“It was my honor to witness this mighty moment give birth under my hand and in my life time!” continued Jakes. “Of all the other roads you could've taken some honorable but not sacred, others could've left you in a prison or dead (the perils of parenthood) you immediately or eventually rejected them all! So to me, this is a celebration of good judgement, spiritual submission and a lot of prayerful nights, as much as calling!”
It’s no surprise that Bishop Jakes has played an integral role in helping his daughter fulfill the ministerial mandate on her life. According to him, women have value in the church beyond their economic support and should be heard.
In a 2015 interview with Huffington Post, the Founder of the “Woman Thou Art Loosed” conference said, “Since women make up a huge majority of the church, to silence their voice from being able to contribute while we open up their pocketbooks to contribute financially, is an injustice that I think today’s women will not accept.”
He further said that squelching the contribution of a woman in any capacity is “absolutely foolish.”
In Bishop Jakes' pride-filled Instagram post, he ended by saying, “Me and your mother are so proud of you!”
Since graduating, the under-thirty wife, mom and ministry leader has been gushing about the milestone all over Instagram.
In a note to herself, Jakes-Coleman, the author of Faithing It: Bringing Purpose Back To Your Life! wrote, “Goodbye Minister Coleman we have had good times and bad, and you have shown me the true meaning of Minister. Never forget who you are, and always have faith to fight. Eldership isn't easier, but God has graced your feet to walk this journey.”