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 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.
About Pastor Jack Woloshun
Jack Woloshun has been involved in many churches though the years in different capacities from pastor to church elder. Pastor Jack has always had a heart for the men of the church and is always there for someone who needs to talk. Jack and his wife Stacia have been married for 47 years have 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren.
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.