Harrelson Center Honorary Board

In September 2015, we inducted the first 10 members to our Honorary Board as a part of the center's 10th Anniversary. Since then, one Board Member per year is inducted into the Honorary Board. Thank you all for your dedication and commitment to the Harrelson Center!

  • Claude Arnold

    “Before the doors of the Center ever opened it was my prayer that it would become a place where needs are met, dreams are fostered and hope abounds. Thanks be to God for answered prayers!!”

  • Claude Bridger

    “10 years ago at my first meeting as a board member, I distinctly remember the tour that Mike Queen took the board on. I remember looking at the facility and praying for the vision that others had. I could not even imagine the potential that the Harrelson Center had. Fast forward 10 years. It is amazing how far the Center has come in such a short period of time. I look at our new improvements and am thankful for God’s hand in our project! The impact we are making is substantial…and the best is yet to come!!”


  • Doug Barbour

    “Beth and I are so proud to be in a position to support the Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center. We choose to support the synergistic approach that the Harrelson Center is able to provide to numerous nonprofit organizations, We feel that our resources are able to go further to support individuals that are working diligently to improve their lives.” 


  • Joe Capell

    “My special memories include being a part of the startup of something that God continues to purpose and bless. I remember the 78 year old woman doing community service, the young man who put his life back together through Drug Court, and the kids running up the lobby stairs in excitement for an afternoon program in CIS; I remember men and women working on resumes and making ‘cold calls’ which resulted in jobs through Phoenix and the provision of clothes for the workplace received through Philippians 3. I remember families coming into Habitat looking for hope and finding that in the prospect of a future home and I remember the volunteers coming to WARM to collect assignments for their next home improvement project in the community. Most of all I see God at work through the Harrelson Center and these partners who continue to positively impact the lives of those with special needs.”

  • Jim Everette

    “Bobby Harrelson called me one afternoon and asked if Mike Queen and I would be available to have lunch with him the next day. As we ate outside at a riverside café, Bobby told us of his conversation with his wife, Jo Ann, in which they committed to each other to play a significant role in helping to acquire the former Law Enforcement Building if it became available to the First Baptist Church for the purpose of becoming a mission outpost to the people of Wilmington. He then proceeded to tell us that it was his intent to provide all the money needed to purchase the building and hoped it could be named for his wife.”

  • Carlton Fisher

    “When the sheriff’s department and jail had moved out and we took possession I walked through the place wondering what have I gotten my church into. I was so overwhelmed with what I saw and what was ahead for us but I didn’t want anyone to know my fear because we were a team and I needed to stay positive. There were many days I prayed that we would make it.”

  • Bobby Harrelson

    "From the beginning the center has been about helping people and memorializing the heart of Jo Ann. This truly exemplifies who she was. Only with the help and support of many others has this vision become a reality."

  • Mike Queen

    “Bobby Harrelson, Evelina Williams, Claude Arnold, Carlton Fisher, Berry Trice, David Swain, Joe Capell, Vicki Dull, the good people of First Baptist Church and so many more have been an integral part of the story of the Harrelson Center. But in the end it was the working of the Holy Spirit that guided this whole miracle. If there is any pride in this story, it is that the Harrelson Center has become what we said it would be…a place of hope and of healing.”


  • Berry Trice

    “During the process of acquiring and creating the Harrelson Center, God’s hands and power were so evident. Almost every time we encountered an obstacle a miraculous solution would reveal itself. The Harrelson Center is truly a blessing from God. “


  • Harry WIlliams

    "It has been a pleasure working with the center during the past ten years. From the beginning God brought together many dedicated individuals to accomplish the goal of meeting the needs of other people in our community. It has been exciting to see the progress that has taken place in such short time and to see the impact the center and our partners are making in the community. We have been so blessed."

  • Frances Trask