Rev. Carlton Pearson
Carlton Pearson studied at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa Oklahoma, where he majored in Biblical Literature/English Bible and minored in Theology/Historical Studies. In 1977, Pearson founded Higher Dimensions Ministries (now New Dimensions ), in Tulsa, which grew from a traveling evangelistic team to a multi-faceted global ministry, which included a local church of more than 5,000. His annual Azusa conference, held on the Campus of ORU, had as many as 50,000 attendees during the week-long event.
As an award-winning vocalist, Pearson has had recording contracts with Warner Brothers, Atlantic Records, and been nominated for the Christian recording industry Dove Award.
Pearson feels the mandate to help enhance the possibilities of peace on the planet through his emphasis on a more inclusive approach to spirituality, encouraging interfaith dialogue and fellowship.
The ministry and message of Carlton Pearson is a commitment to reconciling our differences, celebrating our diversity, and acknowledging our oneness in the world and in worship.
Pearson's frank, and often controversial, take on a number of different subjects has earned him appearances on television programs such as NBC and MSNBC’s Dateline, ABC's Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, BET Tonight with Tavis Smiley, The Edge with Paula Zahn, Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher, The Monique Show on BET, and a number of other television, radio and print media outlets.
Bishop Pearson was recognized as one of America's 10 Most Influential Black Ministers by Gospel Today and Belief.net.
In 1993, Carlton married the former Gina Marie Gauthier, who is a professional Life Coach, Landmark Education and Yoga enthusiast. They are the proud parents of one son, Julian D'Metrius, and a daughter, Majestè Amour.
The author of The Gospel of Inclusion, his most recent book, God Is Not A Christian, Nor A Jew, Muslim, Hindu…God Dwells With Us, In Us, Around Us, As Us, was published by Simon and Schuster and released in the spring of 2010. He is presently working on his next book titled You're Not In Trouble, You're In Transition: Making, Managing and Mastering Change.