Rick Beam was born and grew up in northeast Mississippi. He graduated from Ambassador College Big Sandy, Texas, in 1972, and was ordained into the ministry in 1975. Since 1978, he has pastored congregations in the south, west and midwest. He currently pastors congregations in Rome, (Georgia), Gadsden (Alabama) and Chattanooga (Tennessee). He resides with his wife, Angela, in Rome.
Tom is an elder in the United Church of God who works from his home near St. Louis, Missouri, as a senior writer and editor for the Beyond Today magazine and church booklets. He is also the editor of the UCG Bible Commentary. He also served as a copy editor for Vertical Thought and managing editor for World News and Prophecy.