Frederick K. C. Price
|Frederick K. C. Price|
January 3, 1932 |
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Other names||Fred Price, Dr. Frederick K.C. Price, Apostle Frederick K.C. Price|
He is known for his Ever Increasing Faith ministries broadcast, which is aired weekly on both television and radio.
Price was born in Santa Monica, California, a Los Angeles suburb, the eldest son of Winifred and Frederick Price, Sr., who owned a janitorial service in West Los Angeles. Frederick attended McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica, Foshay Junior High, Manual Arts High School and Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, and then completed two years of schooling at Los Angeles City College. He later received an honorary diploma from the Rhema Bible Training Center (1976) and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Oral Roberts University (1982).
Both of his parents, who had once been practicing Jehovah's Witnesses at the time he met his future wife Betty, had stopped practicing the religion, and were also outspoken against all organized religions. While courting Betty, his high school sweetheart, he began attending church services with her. However, after their marriage, he stopped attending church regularly until a group of Los Angeles-area churches began sponsoring a week of old-fashioned tent revivals in the Crenshaw area. Price began attending these services with his wife. At one of these services, he received Jesus Christ as his personal savior. Soon after becoming born again, Price felt the call from God to go into the ministry, serving mostly part-time, while working as a paper cutter, as an assistant pastor in a Baptist church from 1955 to 1957. He then pastored an African Methodist Episcopal church in Val Verde, California from 1957 to 1959. From there he served in a Presbyterian church and then joined the Christian and Missionary Alliance at West Washington Community Church in 1965.
In February 1970, Price received the baptism of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of "speaking in tongues," an event which he considered the starting point in his own ministry. Shortly thereafter, he encountered the Bible-teaching ministry of late preacher/televangelist Kenneth E. Hagin. Price began to teach the Bible-deliverance message based on neo-Pentecostal teachings known for advocating speaking in tongues, divine healing, and prosperity teachings. He and his wife Betty co-founded the Crenshaw Christian Center that same year in the Crenshaw section of West Los Angeles, California.
Crenshaw Christian Center
As Price and his wife began to take "the first steps to walk by faith," his following grew "in the operation of faith" and so did his congregation's membership. Having begun with only nine members, five of whom were family members, his congregation quickly outgrew its facilities. As the ministry's own literature explains, Price then "followed through with a plan the Lord had shared with him about establishing a new church... independent of denominational affiliations. ...There, the Holy Spirit could operate as He chose,... and the Word of God could be taught to His people uncompromisingly."
Thus, in November 1973, Price moved with about 300 church members from West Washington in Los Angeles in order to establish the Crenshaw Christian Center in Inglewood, California. Membership continued to grow, and in 1977 the church was forced to hold two services, with another service added in 1982, because the 1,400-seat sanctuary was always filled to capacity. With triple services starting in 1983, the thought of a 10,000-seat sanctuary moved from a dream to a necessity.
Ground was broken for the FaithDome on September 28, 1986, and construction began on January 5, 1987. Construction was completed in 1989 on the 10,146-seat dome at a cost of more than $10 million. At the time of its dedication on January 21, 1990, the dome and the church's property were both fully paid for, leaving the ministry debt-free. 
Christian Word of Faith Ministries
In 1990, Price founded the Fellowship of International Christian Word of Faith Ministries (FICWFM), which includes churches and ministers from all over the United States and several other countries. They meet regionally throughout the year and hold a major annual convention. Price is a Word of Faith teacher.
Family and personal life
Price has been married to the former Betty Ruth Scott, whom he met while attending Dorsey High School, since 1953. They are the parents of four children. Their daughter Angela Evans is president and CEO of Crenshaw Christian Center. Another son, Frederick K.C. III, died as a child in 1962 when he was struck by an automobile. Frederick and Betty Price have ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Selected books written by Price
- Race, Religion and Racism, Vol. 1, First Edition, Pub. Date: July 1999, Publisher: Anchor Distributors, ISBN 978-1-883798-36-9, ISBN 1-883798-36-1
- Race, Religion and Racism, Vol. 2, First Edition, ISBN 978-1-883798-48-2, ISBN 1-883798-48-5, Publisher: Anchor Distributors, Publication date: 7/1/2003
- Faith's Greatest Enemies, Paperback, ISBN 978-0-89274-920-1, ISBN 0-89274-920-2, Publisher: Harrison House, Incorporated, Publication date: 2/1/1995
- How Faith Works, Paperback, 60 pages, ISBN 978-1-883798-57-4, ISBN 1-883798-57-4, Publisher: Faith One Publishing, Publication date: 7/28/2002
- The Holy Spirit: The Helper We All Need, Paperback, ISBN 978-1-883798-18-5, ISBN 1-883798-18-3, Publisher: Faith One Publishing, Publication date: 7/28/2002
- Answered Prayer Guaranteed!: The Power of Praying with Faith, 224 pages, ISBN 978-1-59979-012-1, ISBN 1-59979-012-2, Publisher: Charisma Media, Publication date: 8/28/2006
- Prosperity: Good News for God's People, 192 pages, ISBN 978-1-59979-238-5, ISBN 1-59979-238-9, Publisher: Strang Communications Company, Publication date: 1/28/2008
- How to Obtain Strong Faith: Six Principles, ISBN 978-0-89274-042-0, ISBN 0-89274-042-6, 192 pages, Publisher: Harrison House, Incorporated, Publication date: 8/28/1982
- The Christian Family: Practical Insight for Family Living, 318 pages, ISBN 978-1-883798-17-8, ISBN 0-89274-541-X, Publisher: Faith One Publishing, Publication date: 7/28/2002
- Faith, Foolishness, or Presumption?, 160 pages, ISBN 978-0-89274-103-8, ISBN 0-89274-103-1, Publisher: Harrison House, Incorporated, Publication date: 1/1/1981