Ted Haggard Quits ‘Spiritual Restoration’, Cuts Ties with Church

Reverend Ted Haggard, the New Life church pastor who agreed to undergo a “spiritual restoration” aka “pray the gay away” following revelations that he was involved with escort Mike Jones, has reportedly quit that program and cut ties with his old church.

TedhaggardHaggard was forced from his position as the head of the megachurch following his admission of “sexually immorality” after Jones came forward saying the pastor paid him for sex over a period of three years.

The Denver Post reports: “Ted Haggard’s leadership of New Life Church for many years was extraordinary and the depth of spiritual maturity that is found today in the church is in large part attributed to his leadership as the founding senior pastor,” the statement said, adding that the church’s ‘overseers’ and ‘restorers’ would not make further comment about Haggard’s ‘spiritual restoration.’ New Life added that Haggard has joined another mega-church, Phoenix First Assembly of God, and that its founding pastor, Tommy Barnett, is overseeing an ‘accountability relationship’ with the disgraced Colorado pastor. Barnett could not be reached Tuesday night. New Life has been at odds with its former pastor since he left. In its statement Tuesday night, church officials said, ‘New Life recognizes the process of restoring Ted Haggard is incomplete and maintains its original stance that he should not return to vocational ministry. However, we wish him and his family only success in the future.'”

Just one year ago today, a four-member oversight board announced that after three weeks of intense counseling that Haggard was “completely heterosexual”.

New Life cuts last ties with Haggard [denver post]
Haggard Quits Re-Straightifying Program [joemygod]

Church Overseers to Ted Haggard: Get a Job [tr]
Exodus: Ted Haggard Moves to Arizona for “Fresh Start” [tr]
New Life Church Holds ‘Day of Hope’ for Ted Haggard [tr]


  1. Strepsi says

    All I could think was, I bet the Phoenix First Assembly of God has a LOT OF HOT GUYS in the congregation! And by any chance, does founding Pastor Tommy Barnett’s overseeing of an ‘accountability relationship’ with Haggard involve sticking their dicks in each other’s mouths?

  2. QuestionNotComment says

    A friend of mine was recently tricked into going to one of these “pray the gay away” places. He was taken last week to a place somewhere near Miami. His family will not tell his friends where he is and blames “the cult” of gay as the reason for their son’s problems. If anyone knows about a place probably two hours away from Miami, would you mind emailing me? We want to know where he is. More importantly we want to know how to get him out.

  3. anon (gmail.com) says

    I think the idea of the “therapy” that he was undergoing was to restore his reputation with his old church, but that obviously didn’t work, so why continue? They LOVE him at his new church.