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Bishop T.D. Jakes to visit House of Hope Atlanta


Get ready to tap into your instinct Sunday at 7 p.m. at the House of Hope Atlanta as longtime friends Dr. E. Dewey Smith, Jr. and Bishop T.D. Jakes come together for “A Night of Purpose." 


The event is free of charge and open to the public.


Dr. Smith, senior pastor of House of Hope Atlanta (formerly Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church), will conduct a one-on-one interview with his close friend, Bishop Jakes, pastor of The Potter’s House. They will discuss Jakes’ new book, “Instinct: The Power to Unleash Your Inborn Drive.”

In following Bishop Jakes’ ministry for more than 20 years, Dr. Smith says that it is an honor to be able to interview him and host this event.

Throughout the creation process for “Instinct,” Bishop Jakes e-mailed excerpts of the book to Dr. Smith for him to preview over a span of 10 months.


“One of the things that I like about the book is that Bishop wanted it to not just be for the faith community, but to also be used for leadership purposes as well,” Dr. Smith said. “The angle and approach he took can even be used to draw interest into somebody to know more about his faith and about his God.”


Though he has followed Bishop Jakes’ career for so long, the two have only known each other for two years, according to Devon Ward, pastor of congregational care at House of Hope Atlanta. Over time, these two spiritual leaders have grown extremely close and supported one another, Ward said.

This will be Bishop Jakes’ second time visiting House of Hope Atlanta. The first time was earlier this year when he spoke at Dr. Smith’s 10th pastoral anniversary.


In August 2013, Dr. Smith journeyed to Dallas to preach at Bishop Jakes’ ManPower Conference at MegaFest. Going to Dallas wasn’t the first time that Dr. Smith has made a trip for his spiritual brother. He drove a van with about 12 women to see Bishop Jakes’ very first Woman Thou Art Loosed Conference, which coincidentally was held at the cathedral that is now House of Hope Atlanta.


For someone on the outside of their bond looking in, Pastor Ward believes that Bishop Jakes genuinely supports his friend, Dr. Smith.

“Bishop Jakes has followed Pastor Smith’s ministry from afar,” he said. “He has begun to be a very loyal confidant and friend. They’ve developed a great friendship with each other.”


Dr. Smith also views his friend as loyal, among other characteristics such as shy and giving. He says that he is a person who has a heart to help people.

“He’s a country guy from West Virginia who God has blessed to minister to the world,” Dr. Smith said.


The House of Hope Atlanta (formerly Greater Travelers Rest Baptist Church), is located at 4650 Flat Shoals Parkway, Decatur.

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