Bush or his advisers every Monday" and stated at that time that "no pastor in America holds more sway over the political direction of evangelicalism. Through random acts of kindness, Haggard would sometimes skip the morning offering and surprise needy people, like returning military personnel and single parents, with financial blessings by asking the congregation to lay money at their feet as they stood in front of the congregation. In one week, Long's life has changed dramatically, but he refuses to retreat. As a consequence, the church has laid off 44 employees, representing about 12 percent of its workforce. We can't get their financial data. Hide Caption 2 of 7 Photos: Haggard admitted to his solicitation and resigned as pastor of his church and as president of the NAE. The Pastor announced to the 30, member mega church in Lithonia, Georgia, after making a numerous amount of headlines last week for the homosexual accusations brought against him -- he will not step down from his leadership role as Pastor. There were also provisions for numbers of children in a family and years of pastoral experience. He has stated that he believes that there is one, all-knowing God, and that humans were created to be with him. He's president of an association that's very loose-knit Haggard also says he has been named an overseer at a church, someone who counsels and advises church leaders on moral, ethical, and religious issues. Famous pastor scandals Eddie Long — In a lawsuit, four former congregants of Bishop Eddie Long's Atlanta-area megachurch accused the pastor of using his position and expensive gifts, such as cars and international trips, to coerce them into sexual acts while they were teens. In response, Haggard claimed to "fully embrace the scientific method.