Bible Education And Missionary Service (BEAMS)

In 1970, Dr. Julian Pope, a veteran missionary for 47 years, began the Precious Seed Ministry out of Baptist Tabernacle, Shreveport, Louisiana.  The purpose of this ministry was to provide Scriptures for missionaries serving the Lord overseas.

In 1972, Dr. Pope founded BEAMS (Bible Education and Missionary Service).  At this point, the ministry was expanded to include "conducting mission conferences in churches;  promotiong and raising funds for missions; sending Scriptures, Bible courses, and other literature to missionaries; and going overseas for evangelistic campaigns and Bible seminars."

In 1982, BEAMS was relocated to Longview Baptist Temple, Longview, Texas, where Dr. Pope became instructior in missions at Texas Baptist College.  Later, the ministry was moved to Hot Springs Baptist Temple, Hot Springs, Arkansas, and then to Prestonwood Baptist Church, Houston, Texas.

After Dr. Pope went to be with the Lord in 1989, Dr. Mike Mentor became Persident and Director of BEAMS.  Dr. Mentor further developed the ministry by writing and publishing several booklets, tracts, and corresondence courses.

Dr. Mentor resigned in 1996 and Dr. Rene' J. Freret became the new President and Director.  The ministry was moved from Houston, Texas, to Gulfport, Mississippi, and is now sponsored by Faith Baptist Church, Gulfport, Mississippi.

Dr. Freret has been involved in mission work during his entire ministry.  He founded and pastored New Hope Baptist Church, McNeil, Mississippi; reorganized and pastored Central Baptist Church, Gulfport, Mississippi; pastored Forest Hills Baptist Church, Benton, Arkansas; and served as Assistant Pastor under Dr. Jimmy Tharpe at Baptist Tabernacle, Shreveport, Louisiana.  Dr. Freret founded and pastored Temple Baptist Church, Gulfport, Mississippi, where he served for 24 years.  During his tenure as pastor, he helped lead the church to establish seven other churches, a worldwide Faith Promise Missions Program, Temple Christian Academy, and Temple Baptist Institute.  In 1996, the church gave over $56,000 to worldwide missions.  On June 1, 1997, he resigned as pastor to become full-time President and Director of BEAMS.