Ted and Gayle Haggard were in studio for an interview with Doug. Ted was in Boise for the Hope For Hurting People weekend taking place at Deer Flat Church.
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.
In November 2006, Mike Jones publicly alleged he’d engaged in a three-year sexual relationship with the pastor, which Ted immediately denied. Three days after the scandal broke and after a voice mail featuring Ted asking Mike for drugs was released, Ted’s story unraveled. Eventually, Ted admitted to sexual immorality and to buying drugs. He later resigned from the church he helped to found.
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.
Listen in to hear Ted and Gayle’s story of forgivness and redemption and how they are encouraging others to find grace and reconciliation.