Faith at Altitude

Religion and spirituality in the shadow of Pikes Peak

Monday, December 18, 2006

Another New Life Pastor is Gone

Christopher Beard, who led New Life Church's twentyfourseven leadership program, resigned Friday under a cloud of sexual impropriety. Anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that he's the second New Life pastor to fall from grace over there -- the first being its senior pastor, the Rev. Ted Haggard.

Beard's situation is a little different, of course. Though officials at New Life aren't saying much about what Beard did with whom -- an attempt, they say, to protect the "other" involved -- they are saying that it was a one-time encounter that happened several years before he was married. Haggard's alleged relationship, of course, lasted three years (according to his accuser), and all the while he was a husband and father.

Still, it's a tough week for this scandal-weary congregation.


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