Bishop Price was elected Bishop Suffragan of Southern Ohio in 1994 and oversaw an auxiliary office in Columbus for eighteen years. 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. Today Pittsburgh is by far the strongest of the six dioceses which broke away.
Finally, in 2012 he retired from both positions 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. In that capacity he makes 20+ visitations a year. 2019 marks his 25th 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. During that time, he served as a curate, a vicar, a college chaplain at Marshall for four years, (which included the time of the Marshall Airplane Crash) and as rector ten years in Parkersburg and ten years in Wheeling, He was twice a regional dean and when elected here, he was Archdeacon of the Northwestern part of the diocese. On a secular note, he was Lt. Governor in the WV. District of Kiwanis International.
In Southern Ohio he served as Bishop Suffragan with Bishop Herbert Thompson until Bishop Thompson’s retirement in 2004. The Convention then 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.
On a national level, Bishop Price has served at fifteen triennial General Conventions, seven as a deputy from WV and eight 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. For 12 years he was a part of the Planning and Arrangements Committee and traveled all across the country helping to select the site of the Conventions. 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-two 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 Eric, a college professor, have two children, Sage, a senior in high school, and McKenna who is in Middle School.