About Pastor Ted

Ted Haggard is the founding pastor of St. James Church in Colorado Springs, CO, the second church he and his wife, Gayle, have started during their 36-year marriage. Their first church, New Life Church, enjoyed 22 consecutive years of  double-digit growth, primarily through conversions, and grew from 20 people meeting in the basement of their home to 14,000 people meeting on a $60 million campus. Ted served as president of the 30 million member National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) from 2003-2006. During these years, he often represented evangelicalism in the media and with world leaders. He also built, the World Prayer Center and worldprayerteam.org, which was the largest network of praying believers in the world, coordinated at the World Prayer Center. He also founded the Association of Life-Giving Churches, which merged with the Association of Related Churches in 2006. Ted resigned from all leadership positions for a period of healing and restoration in 2006.

Four years later, in 2010, Ted and Gayle started St. James church in their barn before purchasing an office building and auditorium for weekly services. Gayle released a New York Times best-selling book titled Why I Stayed in 2010, and her second book, Courageous Grace, in 2013. Ted and Gayle live in Colorado Springs, where four of their five children also live. Their oldest son, Marcus, is attending Georgetown Law School in Washington, D.C., where he lives with his wife and two children.

Ted did his undergraduate work at Oral Roberts University, studied masters level counseling at the University of Phoenix, and received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Colorado Christian University.

For more materials from Ted Haggard go to tedhaggardblog.com or tedhaggard.com


Other Saint James Media

Exile in Arizona

In 2007, Ted Haggard submitted to church authorities who required him to move out of the state of Colorado, find employment outside of ministry, never acknowledge that he had ever pastored New Life Church, and never correct misinformation in the press (see crisis facts at tedhaggard.com for additional details). Alexandra Pelosi, a family friend of the Haggards, and her husband and newly born son, came to visit and recorded this material on their family video camera. After Ted was released from the Overseer's contract, Alexandra took the footage to HBO who created and aired this documentary.

Birth of St. James

After the church and the Overseers released Ted from the contracts signed after the 2006 crisis (see crisis facts at tedhaggard.com for additional details), the Haggards had no where to attend church in the Colorado Springs area because their attendance would have divided the congregations of any preexisting church. In order to have Christian fellowship, they formed a small fellowship called St. James Church. This is the documentary The Learning Channel (TLC) produced and aired six months after the launch of the church.

The Haggard's Resurrected

Five years after the scandal, Ted and Gayle used Celebrity Wife Swap on ABC to communicate the vitality and health of their resurrection. ABC taped over 100 hours and edited the tape down to a 42 minute show for broadcast. Through they edited out some of the most profound ministry moments, Ted and Gayle received thousands of glowing internet responses and are continuing to see the positive ministry results from doing this show. "It was a wonderful five day family activity that resulted in ministry to millions of people without any cost to us. We were honored to have the opportunity," said Haggard.