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Apostle of Faith Dr. Frederick K.C. Price Passes the Baton to His Heir of the Pulpit during Crenshaw Christian Center’s 35th Anniversary Ceremony
Founder and Pastor Dr. Frederick K.C Price of Crenshaw Christian Center (CCC) passed the baton to his son, Pastor Frederick Price Jr., during the church’s 35th anniversary celebration on Sunday, November 16. Pastor Frederick Price, Jr. will be installed as pastor of the 20,000 member mega-church on Sunday, March 15, 2009, the pastor’s 30th birthday.
“Fred will start his public ministry at the same age Jesus did. That is prophetic,” said the elder Dr. Price who will be 77 next year. “I will still be around as your Apostle and working with the board of directors, but it’s time for Pastor Price, Jr. to get into the driver’s seat. I will still mentor him.”
Although both men were humorous during the announcement (a family trait of infusing humor and jest into the service), the gravity of the moment was overwhelming as the young Pastor Price, Jr. took in the view of the nearly 5,000 thousands guests and members in the congregation who would become his flock. Many of whom knew him as a child.
“Becoming Pastor of Crenshaw Christian Center is an honor of high esteem,” said Pastor Price, Jr. “To follow in the footsteps of my father, the Apostle of Faith, is a privilege and a challenge I look forward to taking on,” he added to an enthusiastic and welcoming congregation.
Pastor Frederick Price Jr. was ordained on February 9, 2003. In tune with his generation, he created a special Sunday service called Hip Hop Church to attract younger church-goers. Believed to be the first church to fuse hip hop with Faith, the service is now called The BluePrint, but the young Pastor Price, Jr. would regularly minister on Sundays when the elder Dr. Price was away on speaking trips.
A trailblazer in his own right, Dr. Frederick K.C Price has been called the Godfather of Faith, an Icon of Faith and now he will be formerly recognized as an Apostle of Faith after being affirmed in the office earlier this year. The fiery minister began his ministry in a small church in Los Angeles with only 12 members. As a result to being influenced by Kenneth Hagan and Katherine Kuhlman, Dr. Price was filled with the Holy Spirit in the early 1970s. His personal conversion resulted in his church’s explosive growth. His church soon moved to a 1400-seat building on Crenshaw Boulevard. Eventually, Dr. Price would become one of the first African-American mega-church when he purchased the 32-acres Pepperdine University and built the FaithDome. In 2000, he expanded his ministry by opening CCC East in the city of Manhattan, New York.
Dr. Price is the first African- American minister to have an evangelical broadcast on television, which reaches over 15 million households each week. He is also known for his candid teachings such as his controversial “Race, Religion and Racism” series which took him three years to complete. Dr. Price has authored over 50 books and has mentored many highly recognized ministers influencing the church today. But one of his most treasured achievements is watching his son succeed him.
“I will still uphold the same high standards of teaching and excellence my father brought to the pulpit” said Pastor Price Jr. graciously.