American televangelist, Dr. Federick Price has passed on. He died at age 89 after a battle with covid-19.
Price and his wife were said to have come down with the deadly virus about a month ago as disclosed by his son, Fred Price Jr.
Since the disclosure, there were global calls for prayers for the founder of the 28,000-member Los Angeles-based Crenshaw Christian Center.
The battle with COVID-19 according to the church he founded left him with a ravaged heart, lungs, and kidneys.
On Friday however, his son, Fred Price Jnr took to his Facebook to announce that his father had passed on.
Before his death, Kenneth Copeland a foremost American preacher took to his Facebook to reminisce on his memory of Price trusting that he won’t die.
But the Lord had a different plant.
Copeland had said, “The first time I heard Fred Price in person was in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He ran onto the platform and shouted, “I am ready Freddy!”. What a man of God! What a man of faith and power!
Already tributes are beginning to pour in from all parts of the world.
Fred Price, what Wikipedia says
Price was born in 1932 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 joined the neo-charismatic movement, affiliating with the Word of Faith, and began to teach the messages on 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.