About Us

Plant of Renown, Inc. was established in 1950 and is based in Shreveport, LA.

Our Founder, Edith Mae Pennington

Edith Mae Pennington, the founder of the Plant of Renown, Inc., daughter of Arch and Julia Patterson, was born June 9, 1902, in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She spent the early part of her life in Pine Bluff, Arkansas; went to Rice University in Houston, Texas and returned to Pine Bluff, Arkansas to become a school teacher.

In 1921 the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, a leading newspaper in St. Louis, Missouri, conducted a national beauty contest. This was a contest that was conducted one year before the “Miss America” contest was established.

Miss Patterson’s aunt, without her knowledge, entered a picture of her as a contestant. The seventy-five photographs were received and viewed by selected judges: two famous artists, and a nationally known woman sculptress. The seventy-five were divided into districts: Missouri, Illinois, the City of St. Louis, and the United States. From this group, she was chosen as the “Grand Capital prize winner”.

She made many personal appearances and received motion picture bids. Instead of being happy and satisfied with all of the attention she was receiving, she was instead extremely disappointed. She became restless and tired of the fanfare and adulation, the bright lights of the stage and made a change. She decided to go to Los Angeles and Hollywood to make a career on the screen. In the company of her mother, her constant companion, she was received graciously in Hollywood. Her mother had trained her from childhood to keep her ideals high, her character untarnished and her reputation spotless.

In Hollywood, she found that many actresses lived stranger lives than the roles they portrayed on the screen. She was horrified by the obvious immorality on every side. To add to this disillusionment, she finally came to the conclusion that an existence of luxury and momentary glamor was not what she really wanted from life. She wanted reality, something more tangible, more stable, more satisfying, and enduring. At this point, God began to deal definitely with her heart. He saw the intense longing in her soul and her need for Him in her life. There came a parting of the ways. One road led to a career with fame and fortune, but there was sin, worldly pleasures, and a lost soul at the end. The other revealed the cross of Jesus Christ, as Savior.

Even though the casting director called repeatedly, and sent many enticing letters requesting her presence to be cast in another picture, she held to her decision to forsake Hollywood and stardom. In 1924 she married her business manager, Jesse Battle Pennington. In 1927, her daughter, Edith Lorraine Pennington, was born.

At a Pentecostal Holiness Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1925, she made a surrender of her life to God. She often expressed this as an exchange from the glamor of the world for the glory of the cross. After her conversion, she received the baptism of the Holy Spirit, with the evidence of speaking in other tongues and received a call to preach the gospel. Her message was “Jesus Christ and Him crucified”.

Mrs. Pennington was licensed and ordained by the Assemblies of God denomination in 1929, and spent seven years on the evangelistic field both in the United States and in Canada. She came to Shreveport, LA, in 1936 to hold a tent revival. She came back to Shreveport in 1937 for another revival, felt that God was leading her to establish a church, and became a Pastor.

The Full Gospel Tabernacle was established in 1937. In 1943 the name was changed to the Full Gospel Temple. Services were held in several rental locations including private homes, a refurbished garage building on the corner of Cotten and Edwards Street in downtown Shreveport, an office building at 3218 Line Ave, and the council chambers of the city of Shreveport. Four acres of property were purchased in 1945 at the corner of Line Avenue and Pierremont Road. A church building was built at this location. Rev. Pennington pastored the church at this location until her death, May 16, 1974.

Rev. Pennington remained with the Assemblies of God until February 7, 1950 when God led her to form a new organization, “The Plant of Renown”. This was an interdenominational organization with a “vision” for world-wide revival in the last days.

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Frances has been a part of the church all of her life. Her parents were charter members of the church.

She has served the church in many areas over the years. She was a Sunday School Teacher, a member of the church choir, soloist, and has been an Assistant to the Pastor and Associate Pastor for many years.

Frances was employed by the State of Louisiana for thirty years where she served as Administrative Assistant to the District Director. Ever since her retirement she has worked for the church.

Jacob Maynard, Associate Pastor

Jacob Maynard dedicated his life to the Lord on the first night that he attended the Full Gospel Temple on September 18, 1977 and has been a member since that time.

He has taught the adult Sunday school class for many years while leading Beth Shalom Ministries.

His career, after serving 4 years in the Air Force, has mainly been in the automotive industry for the past 45 years. Recently retired, Jacob began full-time ministry as Associate Pastor.

Gerry Woolman, Pastor

Gerry has been a part of the Full Gospel Temple since his birth in 1954. His parents became members of the church in 1950. The family was faithful in attendance and brought Gerry, his brother, David, and sister Jan to church.
At age 15, Gerry was involved in a very traumatic motorcycle accident and was in the hospital for over one year. He was in critical condition for some time and came close to dying at least four times. When he did leave the hospital, he was on crutches and wearing braces on both legs. The doctors were very pessimistic about his even being able to walk again.

Needless to say, this accident was life-changing for Gerry. Even though he was a good little “church going” boy, it was really the first time God got his attention. From that moment on, his focus on life changed dramatically and he surrendered his life fully to God.

Gerry has served his God and his church in many capacities over the years. He has been a Sunday school teacher, Torchbearer leader, the lead singer in the Torchbearer band, a worship leader, a co-pastor of the church, along with his precious wife, Lynn Starkey Woolman.

Upon the death of the current Pastor, Associate Pastor and his wife, he was thrust into the role of pastor of the Full Gospel Temple. Gerry has worked in the secular field as an operations manager for ORR Cadillac in Shreveport, Louisiana for the past 35 years. He has just recently retired from this position to become a full-time Pastor of the church.