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.



We affirm the following confession of faith, the 2000 Baptist Faith & Message.


  1. 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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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!

Jul 18, 2021
The Two Shall Become One
In this sermon we address marriage and divorce.  Jesus takes us back to the beginning and reminds us of God’s good design in marriage. 
  • Jul 18, 2021The Two Shall Become One
    Jul 18, 2021
    The Two Shall Become One
    In this sermon we address marriage and divorce.  Jesus takes us back to the beginning and reminds us of God’s good design in marriage. 
  • Jun 27, 2021Where the Fire is Not Quenched
    Jun 27, 2021
    Where the Fire is Not Quenched
    Mark 9:42-50   In this sermon we address a couple of topics that are challenging and often unpopular: sin and hell.  We are reminded it is good for us to hear from all of God’s Word.
  • Jun 18, 2021The Greatest
    Jun 18, 2021
    The Greatest
    In this sermon we talk about greatness.  We learn what greatness looks like in the Kingdom of God, and we are reminded it is different from the way we normally think of greatness.
  • Jun 13, 2021Help My Unbelief
    Jun 13, 2021
    Help My Unbelief
    We are reminded that faith is central to Christianity.  In the story, we have two examples to avoid and one unexpected example to follow. 
  • Jun 6, 2021This is My Son- Listen to Him
    Jun 6, 2021
    This is My Son- Listen to Him
    Mark 9:1-13 In the life and ministry of Jesus we see there is both humility and exaltation. We learn to expect both cross and glory as we follow Him.
  • May 30, 2021But Who Do You Say That I Am?
    May 30, 2021
    But Who Do You Say That I Am?
    Mark 8:27-38 In this sermon we are reminded Jesus is the King Who came to suffer.  We discover what difference this makes for those who follow Him as King.
  • May 23, 2021Simple Ministry
    May 23, 2021
    Simple Ministry
    Series: Specials
    1 Corinthians 2:1-5 In this sermon, we look at several characteristics of faithful Christian ministry: simple speech, simple message, simple messenger, and a simple goal.
  • May 9, 2021Do You Not See?
    May 9, 2021
    Do You Not See?
    We learn that Jesus came to us because of our spiritual blindness.  Some people are permanently blind to Him; some are temporarily blind to Him. 
  • May 2, 2021He Has Done All Things Well
    May 2, 2021
    He Has Done All Things Well
    We discover Jesus has a heart for all, but we must go to Him.  If we go to Him, we will not be disappointed.
  • Apr 25, 2021Their Heart Is Far From Me
    Apr 25, 2021
    Their Heart Is Far From Me
    In this passage, we hear a warning from Jesus that should cause us to make sure our hearts are not far from God.  We discover several questions we can ask to determine how we should respond to this warning.
  • Apr 18, 2021It is I. Do Not Be Afraid
    Apr 18, 2021
    It is I. Do Not Be Afraid
    Mark 6: 45-56   Description:  In this sermon, we look at the well-known story of Jesus walking on water.  We talk about why this is significant for us and how it should impact the way we handle fear.
  • Apr 11, 2021They All Ate And Were Satisfied
    Apr 11, 2021
    They All Ate And Were Satisfied
    Mark 6:30-44
    In this sermon, we look at the incredible story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people.  We discover we have a deep hunger, and God has provided the solution by providing His bread. 
  • Apr 4, 2021This Changes Everything
    Apr 4, 2021
    This Changes Everything
    Series: Specials
    1 Corinthians 15
    In this sermon we talk about the historical reality of the resurrection, and we consider why this event is significant for us today.  We address some common objections, and we discover the resurrection changes everything. 

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Minister of Music

Jay began serving at Vista Grande Baptist Church 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 Cheltenham, PA; Jason, who resides in Westminster, CO with his wife, Kelsey; and Janette, who lives in Colorado Springs. Jay received a BS 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 (Baker Creek Community), 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.


Minister of Administration

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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 nonprofit world as well as the private sector. He served a large nonprofit as the Assistant to the President for Community Relations and also was the Director of HR for a government contractor. He graduated with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Master’s International University of Divinity.
Devin’s ministry philosophy is adamant that ministry not elevate the experience over truth. The preeminence of Christ and of the Word must be the center of ministry. 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 “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.

Hae Won Suh

Pastor of Korean Baptist Mission


Hae Won and his wife, Ok Chi, came to Colorado Springs in November 1978 from Seoul, South Korea. Hae Won immediately began serving as pastor of the Korean Baptist Mission (KBM) at Calvary Baptist Church in Colorado Springs with support from the Pikes Peak Baptist Association and the Colorado Baptist General Convention. He graduated from Chung-Ang University in Seoul where he earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in history. He took ROTC courses in college and served as a Korean Army infantry officer for two years. He later graduated from Capital Baptist Seminary in Seoul.
He worked for the Korea Baptist Mission office in Seoul as an assistant business manager for the Southern Baptist missionaries from America for ten years.   As a pastor and preacher for the past forty years, he is passionate about Biblical preaching and teaching. He has baptized over 500 people over the years. It is a glorious and amazing thing that a single pastor has served at the same church for forty years; Pastor Hae Won believes this is a blessing from God and can only happen by the grace of God. His wife, Ok Chi, is a professional tailor and enjoys helping people with their fashion and tailoring needs.



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Facilities Manager

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Ministry Assistant

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Music Ministry Assistant

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Facilities Manager Assistant

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