The Rev. Benjie Blakney was called as pastor of Cardiff Baptist Church, Rockwood, earlier this month.
The church will have a luncheon welcoming Blakney and his wife, Melanie, after the morning worship service on Jan. 25.
The church is at 2170 N. Gateway Ave.
Blakney was called to preach in November 1987.
He was ordained into the ministry in April 1992.
With more than 10 years of pastoring experience, Blakney said he is looking forward to the great things God has in store for Cardiff Baptist Church.