Haggard planning to leave Colorado Springs
COLORADO SPRINGS ” Evangelist Ted Haggard, who resigned as president of the National Association of Evangelicals last year after allegations of sexual misconduct, is leaving Colorado Springs, a television station reported.
Haggard founded the 14,000-member New Life Church here but was forced out as pastor after a former male prostitute alleged Haggard paid him for sex and sometimes used methamphetamine when they were together. Haggard, who is married, has publicly admitted to “sexual immorality.”
Haggard said in an e-mail Sunday to church members that he and his wife, Gayle, plan to pursue master’s degrees in psychology, KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs reported. The e-mail said the family hasn’t decided where to move but that they have been offered spots in Missouri and Iowa.
“Jesus is starting to put me back together. I have spent so much time in repentance, brokenness, hurt and sorrow for the things I’ve done and the negative impact my actions have had on others. That sadness continues as my family and I, along with so many others, go through the painful consequences of my actions. Jesus and his followers, though, have saved my life,” he wrote in the e-mail.
A church phone number rang unanswered Sunday night.
Haggard and his wife have completed three weeks of counseling in Phoenix.
In the e-mail, Haggard thanked church members for their love and prayers.
“For the last three months, I’ve not been communicative because I’ve been paralyzed by shame,” Haggard wrote. “But as God and people like you forgive me, the sun is starting to rise in my life.”
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