James D. Gailliard
Word Tabernacle Church
- Representative, North Carolina General Assembly ,
James David Gailliard is the senior pastor of Word Tabernacle Church, a mega-church serving thousands of families in North Carolina and Virginia. The church is housed in a 110,000 square foot former Home Depot building now called The Impact Center, providing a place for programs, partnerships, and paradigms that enable people to progress. He is the founder 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 and was re-elected in 2020 as representative for House District 25 (Nash County/Rocky Mount) in the North Carolina General Assembly. He is the first African American to hold this seat.