We have a high view of the Bible and we want everything we do and believe to be driven by God’s Word.  We have a high view of Jesus.  We want to see people become disciples of Jesus and grow as disciples of Jesus.  Also, we value the family, and we want to see families grow stronger as you connect with our warm and welcoming church family.   
We would love to meet you, and we hope you visit us soon at Vista Grande.  Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

-Dr. Chris Moore

Our Beliefs

Vista Grande adheres to the principles of the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message

I. The Scriptures
The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.

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Dr. Chris Moore – Pastor

Chris serves as Pastor of Vista Grande Baptist Church.  His primary responsibilities include preaching, teaching, shepherding, and providing leadership.  Chris and Whitney met in the 8th grade in Conway, Arkansas.  They were married in 2002, and they have four children: William, Annabelle, Nathan, and Brooklyn (the only true Colorado native in the family!).  Chris has served churches in Arkansas and Texas.  He graduated from the University of Central Arkansas, and he earned a Master of Divinity and a Doctor of Ministry from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  Chris is passionate about biblical preaching and leading the church to be shaped by God’s Word.  He enjoys equipping “the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12).  
His favorite Bible passage is probably whatever text he is preaching that week.  If you forced him to only choose one text, he would go with Romans 1:16.
The family enjoys any opportunity to go and play in the mountains, but they especially enjoy skiing.  They watch the Broncos, but they yell for the Razorbacks!

Dec 3, 2017
Life and Death
In this text we see four images that help us develop God’s perspective on life and death. The first image is an offering, and we learn we are called to live our lives as a sacrifice. The second image is a departure, and we are encouraged that there is life after death. The third image is a race, and we are called to keep running and endure to the end. The final image is a reward, and we are reminded that following Christ to the end is worth it!
  • Dec 3, 2017Life and Death
    Dec 3, 2017
    Life and Death
    In this text we see four images that help us develop God’s perspective on life and death. The first image is an offering, and we learn we are called to live our lives as a sacrifice. The second image is a departure, and we are encouraged that there is life after death. The third image is a race, and we are called to keep running and endure to the end. The final image is a reward, and we are reminded that following Christ to the end is worth it!
  • Nov 26, 2017Truth
    Nov 26, 2017
    2 Timothy 4:1-5
    In this sermon, we discover the problem is that we are naturally inclined to gravitate away from the truth toward error.  We talk about why this happens and what this downward process involves.  We also discover the solution to this problem.  We ask and answer the big questions about how to combat falsehood and darkness with truth and light. 
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  • Nov 19, 2017Enduring
    Nov 19, 2017
    In this passage and sermon we are called to endure. We have all started new projects or hobbies that we have eventually quit. We often have a similar temptation in our faith to slow down or even quit. We learn from this text several keys for enduring the race set before us.
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  • Nov 12, 2017Evil
    Nov 12, 2017
    Evil is a term that has become less popular because it is a theological term that implies moral absolutes. In this sermon, we learn a biblical perspective of evil. We discover that evil is often subtle and quick to spread. We talk about the root of evil, the marks of evil, the response to evil, and the limits of evil.
  • Oct 22, 2017Thinking
    Oct 22, 2017
    In this sermon, we talk about right thinking. Unfortunately, many people believe we have to ignore rationality and logic in order to have faith. But God has given us a mind and we are supposed to use it as we love God with our mind. We look at the call to right thinking, the importance of right thinking, and practical steps we can take to develop a Christian mind.
  • Oct 15, 2017Suffering
    Oct 15, 2017
    One of the major themes of this letter is suffering. We are exposed to many unhealthy perspectives of suffering. Some say suffering is just an illusion. Some say if we are righteous and faithful then God won’t allow us to suffer. Some say God can’t be good since there is so much suffering. Some try to ignore suffering by self-medicating. We discover from God’s Word how we should think about suffering and why our present suffering shouldn’t drive us to despair.
  • Oct 1, 2017Commitment
    Oct 1, 2017
    In 2 Timothy 2:1-7, Paul encourages Timothy to stand strong and be committed to the gospel ministry. He uses the image of a soldier, athlete, and farmer to help illustrate what faithful ministry involves. We learn that commitment is difficult, necessary, and rewarding. Following Jesus often involves traveling a difficult road, but the road is worth it because it leads to life.
  • Sep 24, 2017Gospel
    Sep 24, 2017
    In this sermon we learn there is both an offensive and defensive aspect to the gospel and to gospel ministry. We are called to advance the gospel using the pattern of sound words we have been given. We are also called to defend the gospel, which means being willing to state explicitly what the gospel is and what the gospel is not. We discover that advancing and defending the gospel begins in our own hearts and homes before we can faithfully do this work in our community and world.
  • Sep 17, 2017Shame
    Sep 17, 2017
    The main theme of this passage is shame. Paul tells Timothy that he is not ashamed and he calls on Timothy to join him in fighting against shame. We learn why we experience shame and we discover how to not be ashamed of Jesus. We also learn several important lessons for developing a biblical perspective on shame.
  • Sep 10, 2017Relationships
    Sep 10, 2017
    2 Timothy is a letter between two people who have a close friendship. As we begin this letter, we learn some important lessons about relationships. Our normal perspective is challenged and corrected by this biblical view. Healthy relationships are grounded in the gospel and they are purposeful in extending the gospel. They are unselfish and authentic. We also discover why Jesus has friended us and loved us in a way that no one else can.
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Jay Hill – Minister of Music
Pastor Jay Hill began serving at Vista Grande in January 2006. He plans, leads and administrates all facets of our Worship Ministry including choirs for all ages, orchestra, hand bells, and our drama teams. His most significant music role is in planning and leading our Sunday morning worship services. Two principles form the foundation of the music ministry. We must find a way to worship together across the generations and we must train up the next generation of Church musicians. Our morning worship services are identical, prayerfully designed to give the whole congregation the opportunity to worship. Our choral/vocal program begins at age four with an emphasis on music and worship education.  On a personal note, Jay married Jerri Naul in 1983. They have three grown children: Jessica, who lives in Athens, Ohio, Jason who resides in Lafayette, CO with his wife Kelsey, and Janette who is a senior at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  Jay received a B.S. degree in Education in 1982 from New Mexico State University and a Master of Music degree in 1990 from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served on the pastoral staff of three churches, First Baptist, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Bethel Baptist, McMinnville, Oregon, and Vista Grande. In his spare time Jay is a bit of a do it yourselfer working around the house or on one of the cars. When time allows he is an amateur woodworker and he loves to read simply for the pleasure of the written word.
Devin Knuckles – Minister of Administration
Devin began serving as Minister of Administration at Vista Grande Baptist Church in September of 2014.  He and his wife Korin have six children.
Devin brings experience from the Non-profit world as well as the Private Sector.  He served a large Non-Profit as the Assistant to the President for Community Relations and also was the Director of HR for a Government Contractor.   He graduated from the Master’s International University of Divinity with a Master’s of Ministry and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Biblical History degree.
The preeminence of Christ and of the Word must be the center of ministry.  Devin’s ministry philosophy is adamant that ministry not elevate the experience over truth.  People must be nurtured and established in the faith through Christ centered ministry.  He believes ministry should first and foremost call individuals to connect with God’s family through faith in Christ, and then: communicate God’s grace through the teaching of the Word so their faith can grow; provide grace centered community; provide opportunities to serve and discover their God given gifts and calling; provide opportunities to share Christ’s love and multiply their faith; and challenge and encourage them to godly living, authentic worship and love for one another. Devin’s goal is that people will come to realize that “His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.” (2 Peter 1:3)
The Knuckles family enjoys road trips, “wacky ball,” ice cream, and serving God’s people.   
Michael Lusk – Minister to Students
Michael works directly with the youth ministry team, and he also provides pastoral oversight for the children’s ministry and our children’s ministry director.  Michael met his wife, Kati, during his final year of college at OBU. Michael is from Plano, Texas and Kati is from Omaha, Nebraska. They have 3 children: Liliahna, Aleah, and Cason.  
Michael went to college at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas where he received a BA in Biblical Studies.  He then went to seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and received a Masters of Divinity.  Michael has ministered to youth and families for the past 15 years at churches in Arkansas, Tennessee,  and Texas, and he now feels very at home in Colorado.  
Michael desires to see children and youth know Jesus and make much of Jesus in every part of their lives.   The goal of our ministry is to ENGAGE children and youth in a relationship with Jesus and with Godly adults who are modeling Christ-likeness, ENCOURAGE them to grow in their faith in Christ, and EQUIP them to serve others and to be disciple makers.  Our prayer is that children, youth, and families will live life abundantly in Christ (John 10:10), and that they will be rooted and built up in Christ and established in the faith (Colossians 2:6).
The Lusk family enjoys skiing together, being outdoors doing almost anything, and Friday night pizza.  Michael enjoys men’s softball, golf, racquetball, watching sports (especially the Texas Longhorns and Texas Rangers), reading, a good cup of coffee, and deep conversation.
Preschool & Children
Denise Carson
Vista Kids Preschool Director
Jimmy Peck
Children’s Ministry Director
Office Staff
Kim Carmichael
Financial Administration
Mon – Thu: 8 – 5
Fri: 8 – 3:30
Danielle Doyle
Tech Adminitration & Student Ministries
Mon-Fri: 8 – 2:30
Gwen Gunn
Ministry Assistant
Mon-Thu: 8 – 3:30
Fri: 8 – 12
Karen Pabich
Ministry Assistant
Mon – Thu: 9 – 5
Lori Root
Publicity and Records 
Mon-Fri: 9 – 5
Facilities Staff

John Gleason
Facilities Manager
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Facilities Manager Assistant
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Facilities Manager Assistant
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Other Staff
Richard Brice

Daniel Clay
Jill Dobyns
Jonathan Noggle
Music Ministry Intern
Clark Valentine
Student Ministry Intern