Bishop Price was elected Bishop Suffragan of Southern Ohio in 1994 and oversaw an auxiliary office in Columbus for eighteen years. Upon Bishop Thompson’s retirement in 2004, the Convention elected him as interim bishop in charge and chief pastor until Bishop Breidenthal was elected and consecrated in 2006. During that time the diocese also hosted General Convention in Columbus.
In 2009 he was elected Bishop Provisional of the Diocese of Pittsburgh and moved there while continuing to serve part time in Southern Ohio. In 2008 the then bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh defected to the Anglican Church in North America taking half of the congregations and two thirds of the clergy with him. Bishop Price’s task was to rebuild the diocese, recruit and ordain more clergy, rebuild fellowship and trust and work with dedicated laity, many who were new to leadership positions. He also worked with the chancellor and trustees on legal issues that eventually led to a judgement that the endowment and the bulk of the property would remain with the Episcopal Diocese.
In 2012 he retired and he and his wife returned to their home in Hilliard, Ohio. In 2015 Bishop Breidenthal asked that he serve part time as Assisting Bishop in Southern Ohio. He served In that capacity until the Fall of 2020 when Bishop Breidenthal resigned due to medical issues and the Standing Committee asked him to serve as primary bishop until a Provisional Bishop was elected and arrived in August of 2021. He is currently serving as assisting bishop again and as the bishop’s representative to Procter. 2022 marks his 28th year as a bishop.
Bishop Price was born in Charleston, West Virginia, and received a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University in 1965, a Master of Divinity degree from the General Theological Seminary in New York in 1968, a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Marshall University in 1974 and an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from General in 1995. He was ordained a deacon and priest in West Virginia in 1968 and served in that diocese for 26 years until his election in Southern Ohio.
On a national level, Bishop Price has served at sixteen triennial General Conventions, seven as a deputy from WV and nine as a bishop. At six of those Conventions he served as an officer of the Convention, two times as chair of Dispatch of Business for the House of Bishops and four times as Secretary of the House of Bishops. He served on the committee that nominated Katharine Jefferts Schori as PB and then was part of her executive team for nine years. Her election took place in Trinity, Columbus. He has served on the Alumni Executive Committee for General, and the Board of Trustees for Seabury Western Seminary, Bexley Hall Seminary and helped launch the federated Bexley/Seabury seminary. He also did post graduate work at the Virginia Seminary in Alexandria and for two years he was a trustee for Kenyon College. He served as interim Chaplain General for the Community of the Transfiguration and has been the graduation speaker at Bethany School in Glendale twenty-three times.
Both Bishop Price and his wife, Mariann, are members of the National Advisory Committee of the Board of Episcopal Camps and Conference Centers. They have both been active in Episcopal camps in three different dioceses for well over fifty years, and when their granddaughter went to Peterkin in the Diocese of WV, she represented the fourth generation in the Price family to attend that camp.
Internationally Bishop Price attended two Lambeth Conferences and was appointed by the Archbishop of Canterbury to serve on a select committee which met at the Anglican Communion office in England to receive reports from all 38 Provinces of the Anglican Communion, and prepare a summary for the Primates that eventually became on the Windsor Report. He represented Southern Ohio on official visits to England, New Zealand, the Windward Islands, Russia and assisted Bishop Thompson leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
Bishop Ken and the former Mariann Prosser, a native of Columbus and graduate of Ohio State, met doing mission work in WV and were married in 1968. She has a BSSW and an MSW in Social Work and worked in that field until her retirement in 2012, most recently serving as an international adoption specialist. She is an avid quilter and has donated many quilts to charity auctions within the diocese. Mariann travels with Bishop Ken to most visitations and they are a team in this aspect of his ministry. They have two grown children, Jeffrey who resides in Columbus and Karebeth, a teacher in Philadelphia. She and her husband Erik, a college professor, have two children, Sage, a freshman in college, and McKenna who is a freshman in High School.