Ted Haggard and His Wife Gayle Haggard

About Ted 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.

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The Pastor's Pen Official Blog of Ted Haggard

  • On Being Stable
    by tedhaggardblog on May 22, 2019 at 12:06 am

    Do you want to strengthen your family? Do you want to be a pillar in your community? Do you want to be at peace? Do this . . . . .

  • Stability, Strength, and Insight
    by tedhaggardblog on May 13, 2019 at 4:59 pm

    We may want the eternal security offered by our most popular speakers and authors, but if we are not reading and applying the Scriptures themselves we might not be prepared for the future.

  • In Order to Understand the News, We Have to Understand the Bible
    by tedhaggardblog on April 13, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    It’s impossible to understand our modern world without some understanding of the Bible. Every culture has theological influences that have informed its laws, traditions, perceptions of justice, cultural norms, and educational systems.

  • The Thirteen Folds
    by tedhaggardblog on December 7, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    If you’ve attended a funeral honoring a veteran who served our country, perhaps you witnessed the folding of the flag that once covered the casket of a loved one. Each of the 13 folds of the flag holds great significance.

  • Is It Blasphemous to Predict the Date of Jesus’ Return?
    by tedhaggardblog on December 5, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Why did God not reveal to Jesus when he is coming for the second time? Why does only God know? If Jesus didn't know, why do so many Christian leaders today say they know more than Jesus did?