"A GREAT LEADER"
Apostle Willie Rookard is a man of integrity, distinction and great faith. He received the baptism of the Holy Ghost at the tender age of 9, and as a young teenager began his ministry in 1966 when ordained under the pastorate of the late Bishop Randolph “Hurricane” Jackson; and has held faithful to preaching for 47 years. His commitment to the word of God has taken him to places which he says he never dreamed of going. His wisdom and prophetic ministry has spoken words of encouragement and hope to many. Apostle Rookard has been a member at Greater Bible Way Tabernacle Miracle Temple, in Inman South Carolina since its beginning in 1960. He was installed there as pastor in 1998 after serving 23 years as Assistant Pastor, working tirelessly in many capacities. His dedication to God, his wife (of 43 years), family, and church is remarkable! He received his formal education in his hometown of Inman, South Carolina where he attended Mary McCloud Bethune High School and studied Mechanical Engineering at Greenville Technical College.
He became connected to the Bible Way Churches World Wide under the prelate of Bishop Smallwood E. Williams in 1960. His gifts have made room for him with many elevations within the organization of the International Bible Way Church of Jesus Christ. Over an extended period of time, Apostle Rookard has served in the capacities as an Auxiliary Bishop over the International Youth Department, the Women’s Auxiliary, the Sunday School Department and currently serves as Auxiliary Bishop over the National District Elders, a member of the Executive Board of Bishops, International Board of Trustees and serves on the Constitution and By-Laws Committee. He has remained steadfast and has received numerous awards and recognitions. On July 4, 2014 in the city of Baltimore, MD; Apostle Rookard was consecrated as the 2nd Vice Presiding Bishop of the International Bible Way Church of Jesus Christ, Inc.He is a man whose personable, humble spirit renders him accessible to his colleagues and laity. Many Pastors in the area come to him seeking prayer, his wise counsel and requesting that he become their spiritual covering. He is referred to as a Pastor’s Pastor in that he speaks wisdom and encouragement to the men and women of God who constantly give of themselves to ministry. He embraces everybody with the love of Christ and greets all he meets as, “my friend”.The blessings of the Lord has been with Apostle Rookard, as he humbled himself before the Lord, and in 2003 was installed as Diocesan over the Western North Carolina Diocese with churches located in both the Carolinas. Under his watchful care, vision and leadership, has developed new procedures within his Diocese that enables all churches to make annual representations to the International Organization.
Although this awesome man of God is an anointed vocalist, his greatest gift and fulfillment comes with preaching the word of God and seeing people get deliverance. Apostle Rookard is married to Lady Gerri Rookard and they have two children; Kristi (Byron) Cooper and Abjual (Ashley) Rookard. They have five beautiful grandchildren. He lives by the Word of God and operates under the unction of the Holy Ghost.