June 3, 2010

Megachurch Pastor: New Church

A notorious ex-pastor, who lost his megachurch after getting caught with a male prostitute, is starting a new church, or at least hoping to.

Ted Haggard was featured in documentaries about megachurch evangelists, and was well-known for his conservative teachings, before being exposed doing the very things he preached against, and then having to resign from his ministry.

Said Haggard of his hopes to start a new empire of piety, "I have an incredible heart for broken people," he said. "I think we're qualified to hold people's hands in times of trouble. When the crash came in my personal life, it was so incredibly embarrassing and heartbreaking. It broke me. And I'm still broken, some. Earth is not heaven. And here on Earth, sexuality is very complex and very confusing,"

Indeed, Ted Haggard. Indeed.

Megachurch Pastor: New Church

Former megachurch pastor Ted Haggard said Wednesday that he will launch a new church from his Colorado Springs home, 3 1/2 years after he resigned from his ministry amid an embarrassing and devastating sex scandal. "This is my resurrection day," he declared. Haggard said his new venture would not be a megachurch like New Life Church, the congregation he founded in 1985 and then left in 2006 after a male prostitute said Haggard paid him for sex.

Posted at June 3, 2010 4:33 AM