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 since their marriage in 1978. He also serves as the Director of Church Planting for The River Conference of the Free Methodist Church and founder and coordinator of The Network of Redemptive Churches.
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. In 2006, Ted resigned from all leadership positions for a period of healing and restoration.
Four years later, 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. Gayle released a New York Times best-selling book titled Why I Stayed in 2010, and her second book, Courageous Grace, in 2013. Ted was invited to switch his ordination to the Free Methodist Church in 2015, which he accepted. Prior to that he had been ordained Southern Baptist since 1978.
Ted and Gayle live in Colorado Springs, where two of their five children, Jonathan and Elliott, also live. Their daughter, Christy, and her husband, Javier, live in New Jersey with their son, Sebastian. Their son, Marcus, and his wife, Sarah, and three children live in Virginia. Alex, their third son, works and goes to school in Seattle, WA.
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.
About Pastor Kevin Guttman
Kevin has been involved in youth ministry, missions work, training leaders and leading small groups since 1984. In his free time Kevin enjoys reading, travelling and officiating high school sports. He and his wife Sabrena created a six week pre marriage video curriculum which can be found at www.ourvows.love. They have been married since 1988 and are the parents of 5 grown children.
About Pastor Bob Jackson
Bob Jackson has been a pastor for 27 years and he his gifted in the areas of intercessory prayer, encouragement, exhortation and musical worship leadership. He occasionally leads worship in men’s study group and a monthly small group as well he frequently speaks at Networking In Christ.
He has been married to his wife Cathy for 19 years and has 7 children and 19 grandchildren. Bob is both a composer of music and a writer and his music is published through Brentwood Music in Nashville, Tennessee. Bob is still active in music and you can find more about his music at BobbyJacksonREVIVAL. Bob does both vocals and keyboard in genres such as romantic classics, Gospel, originals, and jazz in the like of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin and others. He has played in over sixty venues and does forty to fifty performances a month in Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Castle Rock, Parker, and Denver. His wife Cathy accompanies him as both his partner and a business manager and sings around two to three songs as a duet each performance. In his off time Bob plays basketball and has been doing so for the last 59 years.
About Pastor Aaron Wright
Aaron graduated from Southeastern University (Assemblies of God) in 2004 where he studied pastoral leadership, christian education, and counseling. He has served in the areas of children’s ministry at a large non-denominational church, teenagers ministry at a Missional church, and youth and young adults at a Spirit-filled Anglican Church, where he also helped lead on the worship team. He moved to Colorado Springs in 2015 to serve as Saint James church’ Christian Education Director and to serve as the director for the Colorado TAG Intensive.
He enjoys his family, comedy, and just about anything outside. Because he comes from a large extended family, Aaron is the second oldest of 30 cousins on his father’s side.
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.