ChristianPost.com – President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Colin Powell sent greetings to Bishop T.D. Jakes of Dallas megachurch The Potter’s House, just as pastors Joel Osteen and Brian Houston also did, as the preacher celebrated the completion of 40 years in Christian ministry Sunday.

“With compassion and grace, you’ve inspired and touched the hearts of people across America and around the world through the power of faith,” Obama said in a statement, about Jakes, who has earlier been named “America’s Best Preacher” by Time Magazine.

“As you reflect on the difference you’ve made, know that I deeply appreciate your friendship, your commitment to expanding possibility, and your prayers for me, my family and this country we love,” Obama added, according to Dallas News.

“From the hills of Vandalia, West Virginia, to The Potter’s House of Dallas, to far reaching radio and television broadcasts, the wisdom and leadership you have shared and continue to share truly make a difference in the lives of the people you touch,” Powell, a Republican, was quoted as saying in a separate statement.

Jakes grew up in West Virginia and attended local Baptist churches there.

“Honored to have President Obama and General Colin Powell celebrating this milestone in my life!” Jakes wrote on Twitter Sunday.

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