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Haggard calls prayer meeting his ‘resurrection’
Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
November 14, 2009
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Haggard calls prayer meeting his ‘resurrection’

Haggard calls prayer meeting his ‘resurrection’
Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
November 14, 2009

Former evangelical leader

Ted Haggard, who left the ministry after being caught in a sex and drug

scandal, said Nov. 12 that the start of a prayer meeting in his Colorado home

is a sign of his “resurrection” but not necessarily of a new church.

“For the people who come

tonight, that means they believe in the resurrection in me,” Haggard told

reporters before the start of the meeting in Colorado Springs, the Associated

Press (AP) reported. “Because I died. I was buried.”

Haggard was dismissed from

Colorado Spring’s New Life Church in 2006 for “sexually immoral conduct” after

a male escort said he had given him massages and sold him methamphetamine. The

former pastor also resigned as president of the National Association of

Evangelicals.

Haggard expected fewer than

20 people for the meeting but more than 100 showed up, The Denver Post

reported. While he intends to hold regular prayer meetings, Haggard said he

doesn’t plan to start a new congregation.

“I don’t have that hope,”

Haggard said. “I was a 28-year-old boy when I started (New Life).”

But he also said that at age

53, he realizes things can occur unpredictably.

Pastor Brady Boyd of New

Life Church commented briefly on Haggard’s activities in a statement released

on the eve of the prayer meeting, the AP reported.

“New Life Church will always

be grateful for the many years of dedicated leadership from Ted Haggard and we

wish him and his family only the best,” Boyd said.