BREAKS SILENCE: Pastor TD Jakes finally opens up about teenage daughter's pregnancy
BISHOP TD Jakes, pastor of one of America’s largest churches, has spoken about how he coped when his then teenage daughter revealed she was pregnant, nine years ago.
Speaking on Roland Martin Reports, Jakes shared his feelings upon first hearing the news.
“Shocked, crushed, emotionally devastated, and yet there was something down
inside of me and in her mother as well, that said ‘we have to rise above the trauma’," he said.
Jakes and his wife Serita decided that they would stand by their daughter, and put her first, despite the negative criticism they received once the news leaked out. His daughter, Sarah, who gave birth to a son, is now 23 and married.
Jakes said that it is important for pastors to reach out to teenage fathers and get them involved in the life of their child.
“I think whenever possible we should try to get the young man in,” he said.
He continued: “I think that we should try to get the family restored, but let’s not go back to the old days where just because you make a mistake you end up marrying somebody that you’re miserable with for 30 years.”