Victory Baptist Church in North Augusta will be celebrating the installation of a new pastor on Sunday, Sept. 8 after Dr. Larry Brown, founder and pastor for 44 years, steps down.

Rev. CT Townsend will be assuming the pulpit of the church after being unanimously voted to succeed Brown.

Townsend is a native of West Virginia who, at age 21, moved to North Augusta and enrolled in Victory Baptist College, where he worked as an assistant to Brown.

In 2012, Townsend worked as as assistant pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Asheville, North Carolina.

"It was here that God began to implant a deeper burden for evangelism and revival which led CT and his family on a path to cross this country tirelessly sharing the gospel," a biography of Townsend states.

"CT is passionate about clearly preaching the Gospel," the biography states, mentioning numerous revivals, crusades, retreats and conferences Townsend has been a part of. Townsend is married to Becky Hurte Townsend and they have three children: Tucker, Syler and Everlee.

Townsend will succeed Dr. Richard Larry Brown.

Brown moved to the area at the age of six around 1951 as his father would be employed as the Savannah River Site. After attending Toccoa Falls Bible College, he began Victory Baptist Church in January 1975 in his living room.

"There were only nine people in attendance that day, but the power of God was present," a press release states. "Dr. Brown and his family would embark on a mission that would turn out to be a blessing and help for many. At present, the total membership is over 4,500," it says.

Brown will install Townsend as his successor on Sunday, Sept. 8. The installation service begins at 11 a.m. in the church auditorium at 620 West Martintown Road.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.