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

  • Is Healing for Everyone?
    by tedhaggardblog on June 16, 2018 at 7:21 pm

    Christians have done more to fight disease than any other single group in the world. We resist sickness, disease, emotional suffering as well as spiritual darkness everywhere we have influence. We build hospitals and provide health care all over the world with an emphasis on resisting every kind of ailment. We encourage research and promote innovative techniques that prevent disease, heal, and improve nutrition. […]

  • Christianity Today Validates Positive Trends In Church (with a strange negative slant)
    by infrontsteph on May 17, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    By placing His divinity within our humanity, and then leaving us on the Earth to try to do what he is doing and say what he is saying, a monumental task develops . . . especially if increased numbers of people keep showing up in our churches. […]

  • Why Do People Say Our Ancestors Are From Outer Space?
    by tedhaggardblog on May 16, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Some secularists believe that because we humans are so different than other living beings here on the earth, there had to be some outside influence on human development in addition to evolution. Biblical believers, however, explain those distinctions with the creation account of Adam and Eve and the 1,500 pages of ancient accounts of God dealing with the human race. […]

  • What is going to happen to our country in the next four years?
    by tedhaggardblog on May 4, 2018 at 1:11 pm

    We have no guarantees for the future, but we can all prepare and trust so we can capitalize on opportunities that may come our way. We don’t need to know the details of the future, but we can prepare and trust in order to be our best. […]

  • Pastors and Friendships
    by tedhaggardblog on April 25, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    I believe we will find our greatest friendships among those with whom we share life experiences; and often these people are within our own churches. They can become our most faithful friends. […]