The Leaders and Members of Our Congregation

About Pastor Ted & Gayle 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.

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, which was the largest network of praying believers in the world coordinated at the World Prayer Center. In addition, he 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.

Pastor Ted is a Bible teacher with an emphasis on New Testament solutions to the human condition. His Bible teaching is informed by biblical scholarship, Choice Theory (Glasser), Attachment Theory (Johnson), and the DISC Personality Profile System (Rohm). Ted has been an ordained Southern Baptist since 1978.

Photo of Pastors Ted and Gayle Haggard

Ted and Gayle live in Colorado Springs, where three of their five children, Jonathan, Alex, and Elliott, also live. Their daughter, Christy, and her husband, Javier, live in Pennsylvania with their son, Sebastian. Ted and Gayle’s son, Marcus, and his wife, Sarah, live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, with their four children, Hadessah, Norah, Emerson, and Ariella.

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.

About Pastor Jack Woloshun

Jack Woloshun has been involved in many churches though the years in different capacities, from pastor to church elder. Pastor Jack has always had a heart for the men of the church and is always there for someone who needs to talk. Jack and his wife Stacia have been married for 47 years and have 1 daughter and 4 grandchildren.

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Birth of St. James

After the church and the Overseers released Ted from the contracts signed after the 2006 crisis (see crisis facts at for additional details), the Haggards had nowhere to attend church in the Colorado Springs area because their attendance would have divided the congregations of any preexisting church. In order to have Christian fellowship, they formed a small fellowship called St. James Church. This is the documentary The Learning Channel (TLC) produced and aired six months after the launch of the church.

Exile in Arizona

In 2007, Ted Haggard submitted to church authorities who required him to move out of the state of Colorado, find employment outside of ministry, never acknowledge that he had ever pastored New Life Church, and never correct misinformation in the press (see crisis facts at for additional details). Alexandra Pelosi, a family friend of the Haggards, and her husband and newly born son, came to visit and recorded this material on their family video camera. After Ted was released from the Overseer’s contract, Alexandra took the footage to HBO who created and aired this documentary.

The Haggard’s Resurrected

Five years after the scandal, Ted and Gayle used Celebrity Wife Swap on ABC to communicate the vitality and health of their resurrection. ABC taped over 100 hours and edited the tape down to a 42 minute show for broadcast. Through they edited out some of the most profound ministry moments, Ted and Gayle received thousands of glowing internet responses and are continuing to see the positive ministry results from doing this show. “It was a wonderful five day family activity that resulted in ministry to millions of people without any cost to us. We were honored to have the opportunity,” said Haggard.

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Meet the Staff

Media Director - Dave Noblit
Children’s Ministry Director - Kim Garcia
Pastor - Jack Woloshun

Pastor - Jonathan Haggard
Saint James Church, Pastor and Director, The Barn Church, Senior Pastor

Women’s Pastor - Gayle Haggard
Senior Pastor and Men’s Group Leader - Ted Haggard