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.