On Saturday, a Bronx block was renamed 'Reverend Jessie Woodhouse Place' in honor of a pastor who died last year, aged 99.
The block, on Bush Street near East Burnside Avenue, is home to The First Bible Church of the Lord’s Mission, and it was here that Woodhouse served for the last few decades of her life.
The day began with a early afternoon cook-out attended by more than 100 local residents and congregants. Later they piled into the tiny church for a remembrance service, punctuated by many a Hallelujah and Praise Jesus. Afterwards, the street sign itself was unveiled.
Woodhouse didn't just talk love, she demonstrated love, those that knew her said. She ran a food pantry, established a bible school, visited the sick and infirm, did missionary work in Africa, and more.
"She was such a wonderful person to the neighborhood," said James A. McGraw, the church's current pastor, who worked with Woodhouse for nearly 40 years. (McGraw is pictured above, third from right, and below, with his hands aloft)
Council member Maria Baez (above center), who submitted the renaming request to the City Council, said the new street name would serve as a constant reminder of Woodhouse's contribution to her congregation and the wider community.