Bishop Carlton Theophilus Brown is the Senior Pastor of Bethel Gospel Assembly, Inc., in Harlem, New York. Bethel Gospel Assembly is a Loving, Learning, Launching and Liberating Church with 1200 members and more than 40 auxiliaries. He was installed as Senior Pastor of Bethel in February 2000 and consecrated to the Office of Bishop in February of 2008.
Since entering full-time ministry in 1987 Bishop Brown’s ministry has opened the doors for extensive travel throughout the world. He has served in short term missions’ assignments and has been a conference and crusade speaker overseas in Azerbaijan, Russia, Cuba, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Panama, South Africa, Venezuela, Jamaica, St. Vincent, Trinidad, Barbados and Aruba, as well as around the United States. Out of his ministerial experiences he authored “Till Death Do We S.H.O.P.” which encourages the reader to take hold of a ministry approach and presentation that is making a difference in a spiritually indifferent world.
As a visionary Pastor, he founded Bethel Gospel Assembly Ministries which includes six churches in Transkei, South Africa. In addition, he has founded Bethel Gospel Global Assemblies under which seven churches have been planted in the United States. Bethel Gospel Global Assemblies also provides oversight to over 25 ministries across the United States, in the Caribbean, and South Africa. He has expanded Bethel’s short-term missions’ involvement to include medical missions to several countries around the world and has launched 3 full-time missionaries. In January 2006, he established the Bethel Gospel Assembly Trust in Northwest Province, South Africa. Bethel also dedicated its 364-acre Harmony Estates Project in South Africa which houses a church, Christian boarding school, Youth Resource Center, and skills training program. Bishop Brown also oversees a Christian School and a church plant in Jamaica, West Indies.
An avid and life-long learner, Bishop Brown received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Herbert Lehman College. He then went on to earn his Masters of Professional Studies and his Doctorate of Ministry from Alliance Theological Seminary in New York. In 2016, he was also blessed to receive an Honorary Doctorate from Alliance Theological Seminary.
He resides in New York City with his lovely wife, Pastor Lorna Iona Bell Brown. They have two adult children, Justin and Carla and son-in-law, Kinshasa Madison.