I actually grew up playing the piano in the church and was deeply involved in music ministry. T. D. Jakes
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I can recall telling my mother that I was going to be an evangelist. I barely knew what an evangelist was, did, etc.,
My music was the key to opening doors for me. If my music was accepted I knew that I would be accepted in my preaching.
I did not start travelling for several years. The pastor of my home church would allow me five or ten minutes to speak. Those were the training wheels of my ministry. I didn’t have a clue on how to stitch together a sermon.(Some would argue “I still don’t”).
I am no Billy Graham or Billy Sunday, yet I feel adequate in my speaking skills, skills that I developed as the years passed by. I did not mimic another preacher for I needed to be realistic, just to be me.
I was sixteen and was invited to a Minister’s Convention. I accepted, attended the convention. It was held in a tent. It was in a little town outside of Ottawa, the Town of Spencervile. One thing led to another, I became the main piano player, then they asked me to take and minister in some morning and afternoon. The result of that time was I received ordination. As far as I knew I was the youngest ever.
I eventually found my way back to my home area, moved into a small apartment above a bank. Began work in an orchard, after work travel to an evangelistic meetings near by. That led the way for that evangelist asked me to travel with him to be part of his music team. I accepted and began travelling with him in July 1980. I was seventeen years of age. With that I entered a crazy period of my life.
To be continued – The Travel Years