Carlton Pearson Ministries is also called New Dimensions Ministries and operates a home for unwed mothers, a home for ex-offenders transitioning back to the community, a licensed counseling center and a 645-acre horse ranch for troubled teens, among other ventures. The organization has its headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, as of 2015.
Carlton Pearson was born in 1953 and is a fourth-generation Pentecostal preacher. He attended Oral Roberts University, where Oral Roberts mentored him. Pearson founded the Higher Dimensions Evangelistic Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1977. In the 1990s during the African American fundamentalist movement, it grew to an average of 6,000 worshippers. He counseled former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
The Rwandan genocide inspired Carlton Pearson to state publicly that hell is not a place of eternal torment and damnation, but instead humans create hell on earth with their behavior and depravity. This formed the basis for his Gospel of Inclusion, which caused Joint College of African-American Pentecostal Bishops to label him a heretic in 2004. His congregation fell to less than 1,000 worshippers, and he lost the church building to foreclosure in 2006.
Carlton Pearson moved his family to Chicago in 2006 after accepting the Interim Senior Minister position at Christ Universal Temple. The church's teachings focus on self actualization, or developing both the personal self and the soul.