During the 113th Annual Meeting of the Rocky Mount Chamber of Commerce, James D. Gailliard, Pastor of Word Tabernacle Church and President of The Impact Center, was awarded the 2016 Distinguished Citizen Award. According to Chamber officials, “Each year The Chamber recognizes a citizen who has demonstrated noteworthy commitment and contribution to the greater Rocky Mount community. He or she has shown consistent dedication to the enhancement of the area’s quality of life, promoted and advanced the welfare of all residents, and advanced the well-being of the community while exhibiting unselfish skills and influence of leadership. The Distinguished Citizen Award is presented, based upon confidential nomination and approval of The Chamber’s Executive Committee, at the organization’s Annual Meeting. This prestigious and honored award is bestowed upon one who best exemplifies the name of the award.”
Pastor Gailliard provides leadership to what has become a mega church that attracts families from ten North Carolina counties. The church is perhaps best known for its human, economic, and community development model that is housed in a 125,000 square foot former Home Depot. Conversion of the building is one of North Carolina’s largest building re-use projects. Hundreds of families and several foundations partner with The Impact Center to provide the place, programs, partnership, and paradigms that enable people to prosper. This holistic development model has resulted in improving the region’s workforce, increased tax base, more stable communities, and job creation.
Pastor Gailliard is a 2016 graduate of the NC IOPL Fellows Program.