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 34-year marriage. Their first church, New Life Church, enjoyed 22 years of consecutive 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 rebuilt their marriage and emerged a strong couple and family. 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. 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. Their post 2006 story has been extensively covered by Oprah Winfrey and Larry King, and documented on HBO, TLC, and ABC. 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 Harvard, Kennedy School of Government, in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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  • Is Lent For Us?
    by tedhaggardblog on March 1, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    This morning a friend sent a text asking if we should participate in Lent. At that moment, I realized that we had so understated so many Christian holidays in our church that it would be good to write a blog to refresh our knowledge of this Christian tradition. This year the first day of Lent […]

  • The Reality Is — Donald Trump is Our President
    by tedhaggardblog on February 19, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Since January 20th, 2017, Donald Trump has been my president. Prior to that, Barack Obama was my president, and prior to that George W. Bush was my president. I joyfully supported Presidents Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan. And I vividly remember loving my America while Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, Richard Nixon, and […]

  • A Proactive Paradigm for Contemporary Ministry
    by tedhaggardblog on January 2, 2017 at 11:18 pm

    The next twenty-five years may present great opportunities for humanity to alleviate some human suffering, and we Evangelicals are positioned to seize the day. Right now we are in two major transitions in the medical field. First, Prior to this generation, our physicians have focused on healing us from diseases, sicknesses, and the results of […]

  • Year End Charitable Donations
    by tedhaggardblog on December 17, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    During this season when so many dollars are being spent on soliciting your charitable giving, I just want to encourage you to prefer your local church. I understand your church probably does not have a marketing agency designing web promotions, billboard, and television ads to encourage you to give. Most churches do not spend money […]

  • People Crumbling Internally
    by tedhaggardblog on December 10, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    I think too many people are emotionally weak. Of course, I was raised on a farm with three older brothers, so I don’t recall anyone getting away with the type of whining that makes news today. In the past we were kept somewhat sober because disease, famine, and war highlighted our vulnerabilities. They were brutal […]