Ted Haggard, who lost his megachurch and his role as president of the National Association of Evangelicals in 2006 after admitting he had an affair with his male meth dealer, will star next week in a special on TLC about his new church.
According to Entertainment Weekly, “Ted Haggard: Scandalous” will show Haggard as he goes about setting up his new church inside his barn in Colorado Springs. The church has been operating for several months and, as of July, had attracted about 200 worshipers.
“My family and I endured the darkest hours imaginable in the public spotlight,” Haggard said about the new show, “and have spent the last four years fighting and struggling to rebuild our lives, our faith and our family. Showing the world the new chapter of our lives will hopefully inspire others to find their own path to overcome their struggles and embrace the power of acceptance. The church is open to all, even those who have committed the darkest sins.”
Despite his transgression, which Haggard says was a mistake and no proof of homosexuality, he is still married. He and his wife run the new church — which welcomes gay congregants — together.
The special is scheduled to air Jan. 16.
As he told the Wall Street Journal this summer:
“Tiger Woods needs to golf. Michael Vick needs to be playing football. Ted Haggard needs to be leading a church.”