Most Influential Black Spiritual Leaders 2007
Bishop Carlton Pearson
Once a major in the Church of God in Christ the largest black Pentecostal denomination Bishop Pearson was ousted upon revealing his belief that all will go to heaven regardless of their behavior on earth (otherwise known as the "gospel of inclusion
"). A former protege of Oral Roberts, Pearson enjoyed fame among the evangelical crowd for his charismatic preaching, spirit-filledAzusa
conference and his award-winning music, which has sold more than 750,000 CDs. In the summer of 2006, he released"The Gospel of Inclusion
." Pearson is currently affiliated with the United Church of Christ.