NATCHEZ, Miss. — A Ridgeland-based church will soon be taking over management of the Natchez City Auditorium.

The Natchez Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday to authorize Mayor Butch Brown and City Attorney Hyde Carby to negotiate with Christ Life Church at the River, a division of Christ Life Church of the Highlands, to take over the lease of the city auditorium.

The Natchez Democrat reports the lease is currently held by the New Orleans Hotel Consultants, which manages the Natchez Convention Center and the community center.

President Warren Reuther has expressed interest in relinquishing management of the auditorium.

The Rev. David Hale of Christ Life Church said the church plans to host Sunday night services at the auditorium.