Apostle Frederick K.C. Price is Turning 80 years young
January 3, 2012 marks the 80th birthday of Dr. Frederick K.C. Price. His life is a shining testimony of how much God can do through one person walking by faith, trusting Him completely.
Fred Price was born in Santa Monica, California in 1932, the son of two non-practicing Jehovah’s Witnesses. He went to public schools and was an athlete at Dorsey High School where he ran track and played baseball.
In 1953, a newly wed Price became “born again.” “I didn’t start going to church until after I received Christ,” recalls the man of God. “I received Jesus as my personal Savior in a tent revival meeting. When I went back to the counseling room after the invitation, one of the things the counselor said was to be sure to get involved in a local church.”
A month after joining church, Fred received the call to ministry. Two years later in 1955, 23-year-old Price was hired as an assistant pastor at a Baptist church. During this time Price supported himself and his growing family by selling magazines, working in a paper factory, and working in a Coca-Cola bottling plant—and yet as always as he puts it “owing his soul to the company store.”
He explains, “We didn’t have all that much involvement in ministry. I was really a flunky who basically just waited on the pastor. I ran his errands and drove him here and there. I didn’t really get to speak much while the pastor was gone, maybe once or twice.” He also began to see some unethical, ungodly things going on within the church.
He explains, “I questioned some things and that is something you do not do. So, it got to a point where I could see I was not going to be there very long.”
The few times Price did minister to the church, the people really liked him a lot. “They can’t let you be competition for them. Plus, I asked too many questions. So, he just fired me. He just cut me off. No severance pay or anything like that. He just said, ‘You are through.’” That was in 1957.
In the years that followed his call to ministry, Price served churches in several denominations—Baptist, African Methodist Episcopal and Presbyterian. By June of 1965, the Price family found themselves on the cusp of a huge opportunity. When he was 33 and Betty was 30, Fred became pastor of the West Washington Community Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA). By now the young couple had two children, Angela Marie, age 8, and Cheryl Ann, 6. The church had only nine members, who paid Fred only $35 per week. This meant that he still had to hold a full-time secular job to make ends meet for his family. However, in about four years, West Washington’s congregation grew to almost 130 people.
Even though the little church was growing—people were being saved and his ministry was making small but steady progress—Price still felt there was more to be gained in his spiritual walk. During a Kathryn Kuhlman meeting, he was introduced to the concept of being filled with the Spirit. At the meeting, a chaplain friend of his gave Price some books about the Holy Spirit. During his study, Price realized that the Holy Spirit was needed in his life and in his ministry. At last, here was “the missing ingredient.” For months, the young pastor went on a focused search to find out how he could obtain this Holy Spirit.
On February 28, 1970, Price finally received the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues. From then on, life as he knew it was changed forever. He went back to his church and nearly everyone in the congregation received the Holy Spirit. The church was never the same again.
Price’s fledgling congregation ballooned to 300 and decided to become independent of the CMA. Explaining their departure from the denomination, Dr. Price says, “In 1973, God began to deal with me about leaving the denomination and forming an independent-dependent work – independent of man, and dependent on God.”
In November of 1973, the 300 members of the West Washington Church made a move into a beautiful 1,400-seat sanctuary in Inglewood, California. This church was located at 9550 Crenshaw Boulevard and was re-named the Crenshaw Christian Center (CCC).
“When I first established the ministry that has come to be known as CCC, my sole purpose for doing so was to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ and to teach the uncompromising Word of God according to the literal interpretation of the Bible,” Price explains. “When I received the vision in my spirit of having a church of born-again, Spirit-filled believers, governed solely by the principles recorded in God’s Word, I determined that excellence of ministry, worthy of the name of Christ, was going to be my primary aim.”
To this day, Price is still proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ. The present CCC is based on a 32-acre campus in South Los Angeles that was bought from Pepperdine University in 1981, when that school moved to Malibu. In a momentous testimony to Price’s message of the power of faith, the $14-million property, plus the $10-million sanctuary the congregants later built on it, were both paid off within six short years of the church’s moving in.
Now approaching 80 years old and with over 50 years of ministry under his belt, Apostle Price is still traveling and teaching the Word of god.
Clearly, Price’s life and ministry can be deemed a success. Price traces his success not to gimmicks or pop theology, but to a strict obedience to the “assignment” God gave him.
“Most ministers just want to carbon-copy what somebody else is doing,” he observes. “My real definition of success is fulfilling what God called me to do—fulfilling my assignment.”