Willie Lauderdale is the Pastor of Gethsemane Baptist Church, and the longest serving African-American pastor in the state of Oklahoma. The street sign will be followed by a carnival and a special service at the church.
According to KTUL ABC Tulsa, the honorary sign marks almost 50 years of service and more than 2500 Sundays.
"You never know what the Lord has in store for you," said Pastor Lauderdale, who is 88 years old.
He was one of 11 children in his family and was raised on a farm in Goodwater, Alabama in 1929. He credits his parents with giving him a strong work ethic, a solid upbringing, and a dedication to the church. Lauderdale answered the call ministry after a few years serving as a police officer in Tulsa.
Article from Tulsa World
Gethsemane Baptist Church
727 E. 56th Street North
City: Tulsa, OK
Dedication: May 19, 2017 1:30pm
Location: 56th Street North and Peoria to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd