On Sept. 17 Cottonwood Baptist Church called Ronald Beams to be its new pastor.

Rev. Beams is a native of Fort Worth. He is a graduate of East Texas Baptist College and graduated from Southwest Baptist Theological Seminary with a Bachelor of Divinity degree.

He and his wife Carrol have four children and 12 grandchildren.

Beam’s experience includes stints as pastor of Southern Baptist churches in Texas, Maryland and Kentucky.

He was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Benbrook for 26 years. Most recently he served as pastor of the Owingsville Baptist Church in Owingsville, Kentucky.

Cottonwood Baptist Church is at 1953 FM 51, 10 miles southwest of Glen Rose off Highway 67 at Chalk Mountain.