Bishop T.D. Jakes & Rev. William H. Gray to Host Assembly of Church Leaders on Behalf of Bush Clinton Katrina Fund's Interfaith Relief

The Notable Men Ask for Regional Attendance, Support and Participation From

Pastors, Bishops and Other Spiritual Leaders From All Religious Backgrounds

Throughout the Gulf Coast

Dec 13, 2005, 00:00 ET from Bishop T.D. Jakes

    DALLAS, Dec. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Bishop T.D. Jakes, noted author,
 philanthropist and Pastor of the 30,000-member Potter's House in Dallas, and
 Rev. William H. Gray III, former President and CEO of the United Negro College
 Fund, take their first bold strides as co-chairs for the Bush-Clinton Katrina
 Fund's Interfaith Coalition on Saturday, December 17 in New Orleans. The pair
 invites spiritual leaders of all religious denominations and affiliations, to
 discuss the needs of clergy and congregations suffering from the adverse
 effects of Hurricane Katrina.
     "This non-partisan initiative is a vital starting point for all pastors
 and bishops from around the country to discuss how we can best utilize the
 $20 million in funding to help churches and spiritual leaders that have been
 struggling in Katrina's wake," said Bishop Jakes, pastor of the 30,000-member
 Potter's House church in Dallas. "This endeavor is a means to bring funding
 and other resources to these struggling churches along the Gulf Coast."
     Jakes and Gray have taken this charge from Presidents Bush and Clinton
 pro-bono to motivate these pastors whose churches have been ravaged by
 Hurricane Katrina to return to their houses of worship. "America needs these
 brave men and women back in their pulpits where they can proactively benefit
 their communities," Jakes continued. "This fund will create an opportunity for
 these men and women to return to rebuilding their own communities and provide
 others with hope and inspiration."
     The strategic meeting will be held at the Sheraton New Orleans located at
 500 Canal Street this Saturday and will have room to accommodate hundreds of
 pastors. There are still rooms and seats available to attend this important
     "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for spiritual leaders around the
 country to activate their faith and let their needs be known," said Rev.
 William H. Gray III, who during his 13-year tenure in the House of
 Representatives was the highest ranking African-American in Congress, serving
 as Minority Whip until 1991. "We have an opportunity to influence where this
 money is allocated. There has never been a more important time to put our
 collective faith into action than now as we help equip our spiritual leaders
 to get back to the work of the Gospel."
     For more information on the Bush Clinton Katrina Fund, visit . For reservations at the Sheraton New Orleans,
 call 504.525.2500.
     About The Potter's House of Dallas
     A globally recognized church of more than 30,000 members in Dallas, Texas,
 The Potter's House strives to be the Voice and the Hand that encourages people
 of all creeds and cultures to change their lives with hope, comfort and peace.
 This church is led by Bishop T.D. Jakes, twice featured on the cover of Time
 magazine as "America's Best Preacher" and one of this nation's "25 most
 influential evangelicals."

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