Bishop T.D. Jakes was honored with a three-hour black tie event in Dallas Friday for his 35 years of spiritual leadership and service.
Titled “A Triumphant Journey,” the celebration was hosted by director/writer/producer Tyler Perry and CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien at the AT&T Winspear Opera House. Oprah Winfrey made a surprise appearance to congratulate him for being a “man of conviction and beacon of light.”
The bishop’s wife Serita Jakes and daughter Sarah Henson enlisted the help of family, friends and staff to keep the night’s biggest moments under wraps from the guest of honor.
“I have been blown away,” Jakes said at the event. “I love God and I’ve always loved people. Your presence here tonight says you love me back. It’s hard to overwhelm me, but you’ve done it this time.”