Dr. René Freret
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 in Gulfport, Mississippi.
Dr. Freret has been involved in mission work his entire ministry. He founded and pastored New Hope Baptist Church in McNeill, Mississippi; reorganized and pastored Central Baptist Church in Gulfport, Mississippi; pastored Forest Hills Baptist Church in Benton, Arkansas; and served as Assistant Pastor under Dr. Jimmy Tharpe at Baptist Tabernacle in Shreveport, Louisiana. In 1973, Dr. Freret founded and pastored Temple Baptist Church in 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. On June 1, 1997, he resigned as pastor to become full-time President and Director of BEAMS.