My name is Ted Williams and I grew up in Compton with a strong single mother, Shirley Qualls. 

My Mother was attending Crenshaw Christian Center at 9550 Crenshaw Blvd. in Inglewood. I was 17, had graduated from high school, was attending Long Beach State and had been in church almost all my life. However, I was doing my own thing. I did not know my mother was praying for me to go to her new church, Crenshaw Christian Center.

My aunt, who never called, called me and said I want you to visit my church, Crenshaw Christian Center. I told her, “I don’t know, I am going to a party on Saturday night and plan on sleeping in Sunday morning.” She said just visit once, and I finally said I will. I was so tired when Sunday morning came, but my mother taught me that once you give your word, you must keep it.

So I drove to 95th and Crenshaw Boulevard, and almost turned around and came home. The line was so long to get in that I said, “I am outta here,” but I ended up parking nearby because I gave my word. Then I walked up to the church and got to a place where an usher said there is no more room inside, so I said okay and started to walk away, thinking I had kept my word.

Then the usher said come into this room. We have a speaker where you can hear the message. I said, unexcitedly, okay. Pastor Price was teaching on Hebrews 11:1 and it was like a light switched on in my spirit.  I grew up in a Baptist church and had NEVER heard any message broken down like that, and at 18 the trajectory of my life changed. I ended up driving by myself to Crenshaw on Tuesday nights and on Sunday mornings and Sunday nights. I got married at 19, but [before I did] I wanted my future wife, Debra, to come and join. She did. She grew up in the AME Zion African Episcopal Church and she changed churches to come to Crenshaw after visiting. The foundation that Pastor Price and Dr. Betty gave us, and the example they set, were the most important things we did as a young couple. On March 20, 2021, we had been married 45 years.

Apostle Price taught us to bring our Bibles and to check him out with the Bible. I did not grow up with my father, and Pastor Price was the single most important male figure in my life. He taught me to be on time and to keep my word. He taught me that death and life are in the power of the tongue, and to treat my wife right and she will take care of me.  When the wife is happy the whole house is happy. He taught us to give, love and base everything on the Word of God. Pastor Price didn’t drink so I didn’t drink or do drugs, gamble or smoke. I was not and I am not perfect, but I am a better man because God brought Pastor Price and Dr. Betty into my life.

My kids went to Sunday School at Crenshaw and we also watched him on TV, read his books, and even the kids say they learned so much from going to Sunday School and church.

I became a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department. My wife became a professional nurse. We treated the public in a godly way in our careers and we retired honorably. Our two sons and daughter are now great parents. One of my son’s wife asked why I would say I have cold symptoms rather than saying I have a cold, and she learned fast. Every time our grandkids come over they know the first thing we do together is make positive confessions in line with the Word of God. They know that they have all sufficiency in all things and that everything is possible with God.

We as grandparents are feeding the Word to them. We have learned so much and have been the better for God leading us to Fred and Betty’s ministry. Now, I listen to Pastor Freddy on Sundays and Tuesday evenings, and he is an awesome teacher. I have served in the ministry at Crenshaw, and when we moved to the Inland Empire I began serving at Abundant Living Family Church in Rancho Cucamonga. There are other people there who started out at CCC. We all talk about how it was such a blessing. Apostle and Dr. Betty are in our lives. We know he is in heaven. He is more alive now than he ever was on earth.

To God be the Glory. My wife and I will Always be thankful for Fred and Betty Price! 

--Ted Williams

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