The Rev. Todd A. Brown has been named the new pastor of New Mount Zion Baptist Church. He will begin there on Sunday, May 1.

Brown, 39, comes to South Carolina from McLean, Virginia, as former pastor of First Baptist Church of Chesterbrook. He received a bachelor’s degree in communication arts from Johnson C. Smith University in 1999, with a concentration in broadcast journalism, and his master of arts degree in divinity from Howard University School of Divinity in 2003, with a concentration in preaching, teaching and administration.

The West Chester, Pennsylvania, native accepted the call to ministry at the age of 20. Brown was licensed to preach in 1998 and ordained in June 2006. He served as an associate minister at St. Paul’s Baptist Church and was co-founder of Radical for Christ: A Voice in Praise Youth Ministry. He became youth pastor at Macedonia Baptist Church in Arlington, Virginia, where he also served as director of Christian education before being called to pastor at First Baptist Church.

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Brown is a founding member of and served as education coordinator of the Northern Virginia Clergy Council for the prevention of HIV and AIDS. He also is the former director of education for the Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry and community health specialist with the Fairfax County (Va.) Health Department.

Brown is an avid social media activist, where he offers daily encouragement blogs at www.toddabrown@blogspot.com. He has two radio shows. “Life Notes” and “Kingdom Impact,” on WBGR online radio. In his spare time, Brown enjoys coaching and playing sports, specifically basketball and baseball.

Brown and his wife, Brandy Danielle Brown, are the parents of four sons — Raquan, Brandon, Jeremiah and Tyler — and a daughter, Kristin Alexia Brown. Plans are underway for his installation in late August.

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