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Two ORU Alumni Recognized in Time Piece

David Barton
David Barton

Ted Haggard
Ted Haggard
Alumni Board of Directors chairman David Barton 76, founder of the nonprofit organization WallBuilders, and Ted Haggard 78, senior pastor of New Life Church and president of the National Association of Evangelicals, were among “The 25 Most Influential Evangelicals in America” listed in Time magazine’s Feb. 7 issue.

Time’s focus was not on the more familiar evangelical leaders, but on the up-and-coming. Barton and Haggard are both becoming more visible and are in positions of influence, especially in the political realm.

Barton’s organization, WallBuilders, is dedicated to distributing materials that help citizens become more active in their communities, and to educating people on historical and legal information. He has done extensive research on the Founding Era and because of his expert knowledge, he has served as a consultant to state and federal legislators, helped develop the history and social studies standards for schools in Texas and California, and participated in several Supreme Court cases.

For several years, Barton has been co-chair of the Texas Republican Party, and was active on behalf of the Republican National Committee during the 2004 election.

Haggard founded what has become Colorado’s largest church, New Life Church, in 1985. He has authored six books, founded the Christian Information Network, and serves on numerous boards, but his position as president of the National Association of Evangelicals seems to have drawn the most political attention.

Haggard’s name and face are well-known at the White House, and according to Time, his opinions are not only sought after but given serious consideration.

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