Apostle Frederick K. C. Price was born January 3, 1932, in Santa Monica, California, the eldest of two sons of Winifred and Fred Price.
He has one sister, Delores W. Jones. A product of the Los Angeles public school system, Price attended McKinley Elementary School in Santa Monica, Foshay Junior High, Manual Arts and Dorsey High Schools in Los Angeles, and attended Los Angeles City College for 2 years.
Apostle Price received an honorary diploma from the Rhema Bible Training Center in 1976 and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from Oral Roberts University in 1982; both institutions are based in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
On September 6, 2000 , Apostle Price was the first Black pastor to speak at “Town Hall Los Angeles”. In 1998, he received the prestigious “Horatio Alger Award”, presented by an Alexandria, Virginia-based association honoring those who exemplify inspirational success. Apostle Price also received that year, “The Kelly Miller Smith Interfaith Award”, presented by the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, honoring clergy who have made the most significant contribution through religious expression affecting the nation and world.
Apostle Price met the former Betty Ruth Scott while attending Dorsey High School. They were married in March 1953 and have four children – Angela Marie Evans, Cheryl Ann Price, Stephanie Pauline Buchanan, and Pastor Frederick Kenneth Price.
All of the Price children and their spouses (A. Michael Evans, Jr., Danon Buchanana and Angel Price) work or have worked in the Ministry along with Apostle Price. Apostle Fred and Betty Price have eight grandchildren: Alan Michael (married to Carrie Evans), and Adrian Marie Evans; Nicole Denise and Allen L. Crabbe, III; Tyler Stephen, Justin Eric and Sydney Trinity Buchanan; and Frederick Kenneth Price Jr. They now also have two great-grand children: Kamari Drake Stewart-Crowley and Akira Makai Evans.
The marriage of Fred and Betty Price has spanned more than 55 years. The fact that all but one of those years was spent in the ministry is a story within itself. Apostle Price was not always a Christian man. He was not reared in the church. In fact, his parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses who discontinued practicing their faith when Apostle Price was very young. On the other hand, Dr. Betty was a devout Baptist, whose only desire was to please God. In order to win her hand in marriage and to impress her family, Apostle Price became a regular churchgoer during their courtship. Once they were married, however, he spent Sundays at the baseball diamond. Betty, “knew better,” as she puts it, and remained steadfast in her faith, attending church every Sunday.
Within months after they married, a group of Los Angeles area churches sponsored a week of old-fashioned tent revivals. Apostle Price became jealous when he noticed that Betty went to each service. To find out why she went, he decided to go himself.
At that service, Apostle Frederick K. C. Price was born-again. Soon thereafter, he and Betty joined a local Baptist congregation. In that church, Apostle Price says he received the “call” to ministry. He explains, “I heard an audible voice saying, ‘You are going to preach my Gospel.’ It was like a bomb going off. I believe it was the voice of Jesus Christ, but at that time, I did not know what it was.”
During the next 17 years, Apostle Price became increasingly dissatisfied with his progress, both personally as a Christian and in learning about the things of God in general. He joined four different denominations, but he only pastored in three of them. He was an assistant pastor in the Baptist church from 1955 to 1957, then pastored an AME (African Methodist Episcopal) church in Val Verde, CA from 1957 to 1959. He went from there to the Presbyterian Church, then to the Christian and Missionary Alliance in 1965.
During these years of dissatisfaction, Apostle Price searched the Scriptures for the answer. In his earnest desire to be all that God’s Word said he should be, he discovered that the power of the Holy Spirit was missing from his life. In his book, “The Holy Spirit — The Missing Ingredient”, Apostle Price writes of this time. He says, “Every time I read the words of Jesus in John 14:12, ‘. . .the works that I do will he do also; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to My Father,’ it left me longing to experience these works. I was not witnessing these ‘greater works’ in my own ministry, nor in the ministry of others that I knew, with two exceptions — Kathryn Kuhlman and Oral Roberts.”
To add to his mounting frustration, in 1962, Apostle Price’s eight-year-old son, Frederick K. C. Price III, was struck and killed by a car while he was coming home from school. This was a very devastating blow to the Price family.
In her book, “Standing By God’s Man,” Dr. Betty Price remembers, “Fred and I tried to console each other as best we could, and leaned a lot on one another during this time of hurt. My husband particularly found it hard to get over this tragedy, but he knew — and continued to say — that it was not God Who had taken our son from us. Looking back now, we can see how the devil was trying to destroy us as a family.”
While Apostle Price was pastoring for the Christian and Missionary Alliance at West Washington Community Church, he read Kathryn Kuhlman’s book, “God Can Do It Again.” “It stirred my soul,” he says. “This was the missing dimension — the demonstration of the power of the Spirit of God,” or what the Bible terms “the gifts of the Spirit.”
On February 28, 1970, he received the gift of the Holy Spirit with the evidence of “speaking with other tongues” — also known as “glossolalia.” That is the event that Apostle Price considers the jumping-off point in his ministry.
Apostle Price was also influenced by several books and tapes by Rev. Kenneth E. Hagin of Tulsa, Oklahoma. He adds, “It was during this time that Betty and I began to take the first steps to walk by faith, which has brought us to where we are today.” In 1973 Apostle Price and 300 parishioners moved from West Washington to establish Crenshaw Christian Center (CCC) in Inglewood, CA. In 1984 CCC outgrew its Inglewood facility and purchased the former Pepperdine University Los Angeles campus. After years of holding three services on Sunday in the Main Auditorium, construction on the Faithdome began in 1986, finished in 1989, and was dedicated on January 21, 1990. The Faithdome is one of the largest church sanctuaries in the United States, with seating for a little under 10,000 people, which is more than enough to accommodate the 4000+ regular attendees out of a church membership that totals over 22,000.
In addition, in 1990, Apostle Price founded the Fellowship of Inner City Word of Faith Ministries (FICWFM, which has since been renamed to the Fellowship of International Christian Word of Faith Ministries due to its growth and global reach,). Members of FICWFM include churches from all over the United States and various countries. The Fellowship, which meets regionally throughout the year and hosts an annual convention, is not a denomination. Their mission is to provide fellowship, leadership, guidance and a spiritual covering for those desiring a standard of excellence in ministry. They share methods and experiences commonly faced by ministries in the inner cities and abroad. Their focus is how to apply the ‘Word of Faith’ to solve their challenges.
In May, 2001, Apostle Price fulfilled a vision he had for many years by establishing an East Coast Church in Manhattan where he taught weekly Bible Studies. The New York Church-Crenshaw Christian Center East- began fulltime Sunday worship services in 2003 with the installation of Allen J. Landry as Pastor. Pastor Landry served with distinction and later returned to the pastoral staff of the West Coast Church. On March 27, 2011, Jack E. Wilkins who served as the Pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center In Namibia, Africa was appointed Pastor of the 1500 member New York Church. Joined by his wife Minister Wanda Wilkins, Pastor Jack Wilkins was formally installed as Pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center East in May, 2011. Apostle Price continues to travel at least once a month to teach at the New York Church.
One of Apostle Price’s most recent endeavors involved the establishment of a new Ministry Training School in 2010 at the West Coast campus of Crenshaw Christian Center in Los Angeles. This ministry training school provides full-time in-person sessions in Los Angeles and also offers courses through special on-line correspondence.
Crenshaw Christian Center has also birthed F. K. C. P. III Schools, which encompasses an established preschool, elementary, middle, and high school. People all over the world know of Apostle Price through the “Ever Increasing Faith” TV, radio, CD and tape ministry. The Ever Increasing Faith Ministries program reaches more than 15 million households each week and airs in 15 of the 20 largest markets throughout the United States, according to recent Nielson ratings.
Apostle Price is the author of some 50 books on faith, healing, prosperity, and the Holy Spirit. “How Faith Works” is a classic book on the operation of faith and its life-changing principles. He has sold over 2.1 million books since 1976. His most recent book projects include, “Prosperity: Good News for God’s People” and “Answered Prayer Guaranteed: The Power of Praying with Faith.”