James D. Gailliard, Senior Pastor

Pastor Gailliard has dedicated the past 20 years to human economic and community development in North America and South Africa. Since 2005, he has pastored Word Tabernacle Church. This church has grown from a church plant of 14 people to a mega-church serving thousands of families from twenty-five North Carolina Counties and six Virginia counties. With campuses in Rocky Mount and Tarboro, NC. In 2013, Word Tabernacle was named amongst the 100 fastest growing churches in America. The church is housed in a 110,000 sq. ft. former Home Depot now called The Impact Center, providing a place, programs, partnerships, and paradigms that enable people to progress. The Impact Center offers opportunities in capacity building, childhood literacy, college & career readiness, culinary arts & hospitality, faith & family, health & wellness, leadership development, media & broadcast, and performing arts & worship.

He is the founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Reach Center, Inc. which exists to equip individuals to secure gainful employment, prevent homelessness, and break the cycle of violence through education, skills development, and connections to community resources.

In 2016, he was named the Distinguished Citizen by the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce. He is a 2016 inductee into the Board of Preachers of Morehouse College. He is serving his second term as State Representative in the North Carolina General Assembly. He has been appointed to several Statewide Task Forces: NC Taskforce for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice, Small Business Policy Task Force, and Task Force to Develop A Representative and Inclusive Vision for Education (DRIVE). He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Louisburg College.

His work has been featured in publications such as Fact & Trends, Church Executive, Business North Carolina, and many national and local newspapers.

Pastor/ Representative Gailliard is married to Angela Gailliard and together that have six children. He is an alumnus of Morehouse College and St. Joseph’s University.

Community Involvements

  • Board of Visitors, North Carolina Wesleyan College
  • Board of Visitors, Shaw University School of Divinity¬†
  • Board of Directors, Kiwanis Club
  • Fellow, North Carolina Institute of Political Leadership
  • Former Boards
    • The Tar River United Way
    • Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce
    • Tar River Mission Clinic