Gayle Haggard is a speaker, a teacher, and the wife of Ted Haggard, former senior pastor of New Life Church in Colorado Springs and past president of the National Association of Evangelicals. Ted and Gayle founded New Life Church in the basement of their home in 1984. By 2006, it had grown to a congregation of fourteen thousand people, and Gayle was directing women’s ministries, in which she oversaw 150 small groups and taught classes to women of all ages. She also launched a ministry called Women Belong, which was based on the principle that no woman should ever feel alone because we all belong to God and to each other. Soon, however, everything Gayle believed and taught was put to the test. On November 1, 2006, Ted Haggard was accused of having a secret life that involved infidelity and illicit drug use, and Gayle’s world came crashing in on her. "In a few short days," she says, "my life as I had known it, that I had so lovingly embraced, was demolished." Over the past few years, Gayle and her husband of thirty-one years have emerged from their crisis and now feel that their faith, their marriage, and their family are stronger than ever because of what they have learned and experienced. In addition to "Why I Stayed," Gayle is the author of "A Life Embraced: A Hopeful Guide for the Pastor’s Wife." She and Ted reside in Colorado Springs with their five children and one grandchild.