Haggard now says he is heterosexual and blamed his gay urges on being sexually molested as a child.
Ted Haggard, who built an evangelical empire whose influence reached all the way to the Bush White House before a gay sex scandal brought it all crashing down in 2006, is back at the pulpit at his new church in Colorado Springs. —JCL
Ted Haggard is back and about to start preaching again. Haggard, once America’s leading evangelical pastor, who was brought down and removed from his own mega-church after admitting to a gay sex scandal, has set up a new ministry and will hold the first service in his new church today.
His wife, Gayle, who has stood by him throughout his troubles, will be the church’s co-pastor.
“We realised that I am a sinner and she is a saint, but that way we do have a very broad appeal,” he joked in an interview from his home in Colorado Springs, a city that has been described as the Vatican of America’s evangelical movement. “I feel we have moved past the scandal. We have forgiveness. It is a second chance,” he said.