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 35-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 $50 million campus. Ted served as president of the 30,000,000 member National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) from 2003-2006, where he became a public figure representing evangelicalism in the press and with world leaders. In 2006, Ted resigned from all leadership positions confessing to personal moral failure. He confessed, resigned, repented, and submitted to church authorities for a two-year period of healing and restoration.

Ted and Gayle’s marriage and family remained strong, and emerged from four years of refinement a strong couple and family. In the summer of 2010, Ted and Gayle started St. James Church in their barn before purchasing an office building and auditorium for weekly services. Earlier that year, Gayle released a New York Times best-selling book titled “Why I Stayed”, in which she gave a candid account of their trials for the previous four years and why she remained committed to her marriage. In 2013 her second book was released, Courageous Grace, which documents the lessons she learned as she went through the previous seven years. Their post 2006 story has been extensively covered by Oprah Winfrey and Larry King, and documented on HBO, TLC,  ABC, and OWN. All of these documentaries can be viewed at saintjameschurch.com under the media tab. Ted and Gayle live in Colorado Springs, where four of their five children also live and have their homes. Their oldest son is attending Georgetown Law School is Washington, D.C.

For more about Pastor Ted check out  www.tedhaggard.com


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.

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.