Ted Haggard’s Long and Winding Journey

From Emerging Evangelical Icon to Fallen Redeemer

In 2003, Colorado Springs megachurch pastor Ted Haggard became the first charismatic/Pentecostal president of the National Association of Evangelicals. He pledged to improve people’s negative stereotypes about evangelicals.



After his dramatic fall from grace during a 2006 scandal involving gay sex and drugs, Ted Haggard rose again, founding a new congregation that acknowledges we’re all sinners. “This is a church for people like me,” he said, “people who know everyone needs a break.”


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