Crenshaw Christian Center

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Coordinates: 33°58′5″N 118°17′43″W / 33.96806°N 118.29528°W / 33.96806; -118.29528

Crenshaw Christian Center
Crenshaw Christian Center from air.jpg
Crenshaw Christian Center campus
LocationCrenshaw, Los Angeles
CountryUnited States
DenominationNon-denominational, Charismatic
Weekly attendance28,000
Websitewww.crenshawchristiancenter.net
History
Founded1973
Founder(s)Frederick K. C. Price
Specifications
Capacity10,145

Crenshaw Christian Center is a non-denominational megachurch based in Crenshaw, Los Angeles, California. It has around 28,000 members.

History[edit]

The church was founded in 1973 by Frederick K. C. Price in Inglewood, California. [1] [2][3]

In 1981, the church bought the old Pepperdine University campus. [4] After the purchase, Price oversaw construction of a new sanctuary, called the "FaithDome", which at the time was the largest domed church in the United States. In 1989, the building is inaugurated with 10,145 seats. [5] The church had greatly expanded from the time of its previous location at 9550 Crenshaw Boulevard in Inglewood, California, but still required three services for its growing congregation until the building of the FaithDome.

In 2007 Frederick K.C. Price, who was then pastor, filed a defamation suit after the ABC television network aired a segment of their 20/20 investigative journalism program about certain of the largest, well-known Christian ministries in the U.S. Titled "Enough!", it was about how these ministries appeared to be misspending their congregants' tithes and offerings. It illustrated that Price was one of the ministers who had become overly wealthy as a result of misusing his congregants' monies. To this end, the program broadcast a portion of a Sunday service at Crenshaw Christian Center in which Price, casting himself as a fictional character for the sake of illustration, made statements from his character's point of view about having great riches. 20/20 failed to state the context of those statements, thus allowing them to appear to be statements being made directly by Price himself. ABC later apologized on air and in writing.[6]

In 2009, Fred K. Price, Jr. became the senior pastor. [7] In June 2017, Fred K. Price, Jr. stepped down after eight years as leader of the church, apologizing for "serious personal misjudgments which have affected my life and my family".The church did not disclose the concrete nature of these missteps, and stated that Frederick K.C. Price would re-take its leadership. He returned to his duties in July 2018. [8]

In 2018, the church had 28,000 faithful. [9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sherry S. DuPree, African-American Holiness Pentecostal Movement, Routledge, UK, 2013, p. 313
  2. ^ Randall Herbert Balmer, Encyclopedia of Evangelicalism: Revised and expanded edition, Baylor University Press, USA, 2004, p. 557
  3. ^ Vinson Synan, The Century of the Holy Spirit: 100 Years of Pentecostal and Charismatic Renewal, 1901-2001, Thomas Nelson, USA, 2001, p. 286
  4. ^ Cora Jackson-Fossett, Crenshaw Christian Center Celebrates 40 Years Of Faith, lasentinel.net, USA, September 12, 2013
  5. ^ John Dart, 'FaithDome'--Jesus' Grand-Slam Homer : $9-Million Geodesic Dome Draws 8,100 to First Service, latimes.com, USA, September 11, 1989
  6. ^ ABC Issues Written Apology Four Years After Airing Misleading John Stossel Segment
  7. ^ Blair, Leonardo (2017-06-28). "Calif. Megachurch Reacts to 'Betrayal' of Pastor Fred Price Jr: We Don't Speculate". Christian Post. Retrieved 2017-07-07.
  8. ^ Leonardo Blair, Pastor Fred Price Jr. Returns to Pulpit, Says He Is 'No Longer Sleeping in the Valley of the Shadow of Death', christianpost.com, USA, July 2, 2018
  9. ^ Leonardo Blair, Pastor Fred Price Jr. Returns to Pulpit, Says He Is 'No Longer Sleeping in the Valley of the Shadow of Death', christianpost.com, USA, July 2, 2018

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