Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten is a name that will be imprinted in the hearts of St. Louis city residents for years to come.

"It is more than a name change," Ward 4 Alderman Samuel Moore said. "People won't see a street name. They will see a legacy."

The street that currently houses Williams Temple Church of God in Christ was renamed after its pastor, Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten, to commemorate his work in the local community. The entire 1500 block of Union is now known as “Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten Blvd.”

“I think it’s a wonderful honor. He has been through the good times and the bad times with the local community,” Moore says.

“From tragedy to triumph, from bad to best, from hopelessness to godliness, Wooten is an ambassador of God’s will who truly deserves this honor. He has been a part of this community for many, many years.”

The idea to name the street “Bishop Lawrence M. Wooten Blvd.” came from 1st Ward Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe, along with Alderman Jeffrey Boyd, Alderman Frank Williamson and Alderman Moore, who then introduced Board Bill No. 265 last year to name the 1500 Block of North Union Blvd. after Wooten. According to the resolution, Troupe introduced the bill because of Wooten’s rich history as a teacher, master builder, visionary and administrator in the local community and beyond.

As a religious leader who is concerned about meeting the natural and spiritual needs of the community, Wooten has served as pastor of Williams Temple COGIC for 33 years. Under his leadership Williams Temple has thrived. In 1986 an extensive renovation of the sanctuary and education building was completed. He has made extensive efforts to rehabilitate the property surrounding the intersection of Union and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive.

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