Frederick KC Price, Crenshaw Christian Center Founder, Dies at 89

Frederick K.C. Price with his wife, Dr. Betty Price
Frederick K.C. Price with his wife, Dr. Betty Price (Facebook/Crenshaw Christian Center)

Apostle Frederick K.C. Price, founder of Crenshaw Christian Center and renowned preacher, died Friday from COVID-19.

Frederick K. Price Jr. announced his father's death in a Facebook post, honoring the beloved pastor and apostle.

Our Husband, Father and your Apostle has gone to be with the Lord this evening. We accept his decision to go as he got ...

Posted by Frederick K. Price Jr. on Friday, February 12, 2021

Price and his wife, Betty, both tested positive for COVID-19 in January, and he battled the virus for weeks after being admitted to the hospital on Jan. 5.

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During an update given to the congregation last Sunday, Feb. 7, Price Jr. encouraged the church to intercede on the apostle's behalf, saying, "Satan is trying everything he can [to] end his life."

Following the prayer request, Price Jr. said he noticed a shift. He encouraged followers to "believe God for the complete restoration and the full manifestation of healing for his kidneys, heart and lungs."

As the news of Price's death spread, faith leaders offer their condolences to the Price family.

Co-pastor of United Nations Church International Dr. Medina Pullings expressed her gratitude for the legacy Price leaves:

Former Charisma magazine editor and bestselling author Jennifer LeClaire credits Apostle Price for her formative spiritual growth and honors his sacrifice.

We lost a giant in the faith, a general today. Apostle Frederick K.C. Price's preaching really influenced me when I was a young Christian. I can't thank him enough for his sacrifice.

Posted by Jennifer LeClaire Ministries on Saturday, February 13, 2021

The great man of God will be remembered for his passionate, and often controversial, teachings. Perhaps most notable was his year-long sermon series on "Race, Religion and Racism" in which he discussed the difference between racism and prejudice, and how it manifests in the church.

Price also holds the honor of hosting the Ever Increasing Faith television (EIF) program—one of the longest continuously-running, Christian teaching programs on TV. But his legacy is not limited to the screen.

He established the Crenshaw Christian Center (CCC) in 1973, and after purchasing the former Pepperdine University less than 10 years later, his ministry exploded from a 300-person congregation to thousands flocking to Los Angeles to hear him preach. In 1986, construction began on what would become one of the largest sanctuaries in the world: the 10,000-seat FaithDome.

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