About Pastor Ted & Gayle Haggard
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.
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.