In 1984, Ted Haggard founded the non-denominational New Life Church in his basement in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Beginning with 20 people, the congregation met in increasingly larger nontraditional locations as it grew, including a strip mall office space. Haggard's leadership drew approximately 14,000 to 15,000 members by 2006. That year, a male prostitute accused Haggard of engaging him in a three-year sex-and-drugs relationship. Thereafter, Haggard faced his congregation and stepped down as senior pastor.Continue Reading
On Nov. 4, 2006, the church overseers dismissed Haggard from his role as senior pastor. In 2007, the church's pastoral selection committee recommended Associate Pastor Brady Boyd as the new senior pastor. He needed a two-thirds vote to assume the position and won it with a 95-percent vote.
A lone gunman killed two people and wounded three others at the church in December 2007. A security guard returned fire, and her bullet struck but didn't kill him. The coroner declared the gunman's fatal shot self-inflicted. In 2011, the guard who defended the church accused it of rejecting her for being gay. Boyd denied these allegations.
In 2009, a man pursued a lawsuit accusing Haggard of nonconsensual sexual abuse that occurred over a two-year period. The church's insurance company settled out of court, giving the man a six-figure sum.Learn more about Christianity