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!

Oct 17, 2021
Everything She Had
Mark 12:38-44   We look at the story of the woman who gave everything.  We are given an example to avoid and an example to follow.  We discover how this story points to another story of someone who gave everything.    
  • Oct 17, 2021Everything She Had
    Oct 17, 2021
    Everything She Had
    Mark 12:38-44   We look at the story of the woman who gave everything.  We are given an example to avoid and an example to follow.  We discover how this story points to another story of someone who gave everything.    
  • Oct 10, 2021Not Far from the Kingdom
    Oct 10, 2021
    Not Far from the Kingdom
    We look at the greatest and second greatest commandments.  We also consider what was missing in the man’s life that caused Jesus to say he was not far from the kingdom of God.
  • Oct 3, 2021Not God of the Dead, But of the Living
    Oct 3, 2021
    Not God of the Dead, But of the Living
    Mark 12:18-27 In this sermon we talk about life after death, resurrection, and Heaven.  We seek to answer some challenging questions we all have about these important topics.
  • Sep 26, 2021Render to Caesar
    Sep 26, 2021
    Render to Caesar
    Mark 12:13-17   We look at one of the most well-known and influential statements of Jesus, and we talk about what it means for us to render to Cesar the things that are Caesar’s.
  • Sep 19, 2021Finally He Sent Him
    Sep 19, 2021
    Finally He Sent Him
    In this sermon we look at one of the few parables in Mark’s Gospel.  We see God’s patience, love, and His judgment.
  • Sep 13, 2021By What Authority?
    Sep 13, 2021
    By What Authority?
    We discover Jesus has all authority.  This truth should cause us to have great faith, do great things, and pray great prayers.
  • Sep 5, 2021A House for All the Nations
    Sep 5, 2021
    A House for All the Nations
    Mark 11:12-21 In this sermon, we look at the stories of Jesus cursing a tree and cleansing the temple.  We learn we are called to bear fruit for the nations for Christ!
  • Aug 29, 2021The Coming Kingdom
    Aug 29, 2021
    The Coming Kingdom
    Mark 11:1-11 As we look at the story of Jesus entering into Jerusalem, we discover several important characteristics about Him.  He is the Lion and the Lamb.  He is the Alpha and the Omega.              
  • Aug 22, 2021And Jesus Stopped
    Aug 22, 2021
    And Jesus Stopped
    Mark 10:46-52 In this sermon we learn from a man who was blind.  We consider why Jesus stopped for him. 
  • Aug 15, 2021Making Disciples
    Aug 15, 2021
    Making Disciples
    Series: Specials
    Acts 2:42-47
    In this sermon, we return to our church’s mission statement.  Our mission is to make disciples and we believe you will grow as a disciple if you worship, connect, serve, and impact.
  • Aug 8, 2021A Ransom for Many
    Aug 8, 2021
    A Ransom for Many
    Mark 10:32-45 In this sermon we discover Jesus came to serve to provide an example and to provide more than an example. 
  • Aug 1, 2021You Lack One Thing
    Aug 1, 2021
    You Lack One Thing
    Mark 10:17-31   In this powerful story about a rich, young ruler, we see the heart of the gospel and the Christian faith.  We discover faith is difficult and challenging and yet it is simple.
  • Jul 26, 2021Let the Children Come to Me
    Jul 26, 2021
    Let the Children Come to Me
    We are encouraged to value children in the church and in the home.  Also we talk about what we can learn from children and what it means to have childlike faith. 

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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.

Jul 11, 2021
Series: Misc
Guest speaker, Dr. Devin Knuckles

Jimmy Peck

Children’s Minister

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Student Minister

We are in the process of searching for a Student Minister.  To apply, please contact our search team at VGBCyouthpastorsearch@gmail.com.


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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