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!

Sep 24, 2023
Kingdom Witnesses – Acts
Acts 1:6-11
The Book of Acts tells the fascinating story of the first church and their faithfulness to the mission.  We are reminded we still have the same mission and the same powerful message.
  • Sep 24, 2023Kingdom Witnesses – Acts
    Sep 24, 2023
    Kingdom Witnesses – Acts
    Acts 1:6-11
    The Book of Acts tells the fascinating story of the first church and their faithfulness to the mission.  We are reminded we still have the same mission and the same powerful message.
  • Sep 10, 2023King Jesus: The Way, The Truth and the Life – John
    Sep 10, 2023
    King Jesus: The Way, The Truth and the Life – John
    John 14:1-9
    John’s Gospel presents a powerful story revealing Who Jesus is.  We consider what it means that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
  • Sep 3, 2023The King for All – Luke
    Sep 3, 2023
    The King for All – Luke
    Luke’s distinct emphasis is that Jesus is the King for all.  We see this theme throughout the book, and we consider what this means for us.
  • Aug 27, 2023Kingdom Discipleship – Mark
    Aug 27, 2023
    Kingdom Discipleship – Mark
    Mark emphasizes discipleship in His Gospel.  We discover several characteristics of a faithful disciple of Jesus. 
  • Aug 20, 2023The Promised King – Matthew
    Aug 20, 2023
    The Promised King – Matthew
    Matthew emphasizes how Jesus is the One who was promised throughout the Old Testament.  We discover what this means and why this matters.
  • Aug 13, 2023Complacency and the Kingdom – Malachi
    Aug 13, 2023
    Complacency and the Kingdom – Malachi
    Malachi is addressing the problem of complacency.  We learn several “red flags” that reveal if we are complacent, and we discover how to respond faithfully.
  • Aug 6, 2023Kingdom Promises – Zechariah
    Aug 6, 2023
    Kingdom Promises – Zechariah
    Zechariah is challenging, but the main points are clear.  We focus on several of the promises of a future King that are fulfilled by Jesus Christ.   
  • Jul 16, 2023Kingdom Priorities – Haggai
    Jul 16, 2023
    Kingdom Priorities – Haggai
    Haggai encourages us to give attention to God’s work.  We are called to prioritize God’s agenda, faithfulness, healthy motives, and God’s King.   
  • Jul 9, 2023The King’s Severity and Kindness: Zephaniah
    Jul 9, 2023
    The King’s Severity and Kindness: Zephaniah
    Zephaniah presents God as both severe and kind.  We consider how to affirm both of these truths and what difference this makes for us.  
  • Jul 2, 2023Kingdom Faith – Habakkuk
    Jul 2, 2023
    Kingdom Faith – Habakkuk
    Habakkuk teaches us that God welcomes our honest questions.  We discover that living by faith involves accepting His answers even when they are challenging.

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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 Sewell, NJ, with her husband, Chris Pedicord; 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 a good story well told.

Dec 22, 2019
God Speaks
If God speaks, how do I respond?


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.

Sep 17, 2023
Image and Likeness
Series: Misc
Genesis 1:26-27
Dr. Devin Knuckles

Jimmy Peck

Children’s Minister

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Jimmy and Karin Peck are long time members of Vista Grande Baptist Church and have served in just about all areas of children’s ministry over the years.  Karin continues to teach 4th grade Sunday School, and Jimmy began serving as the Children’s Minister in May of 2021.  They have three children:  Andrew, Aaron and Allison and one silly, little dog named Ollie. 

Jimmy provides leadership and direction for children and preteens at Vista Grande.  This includes Sunday School, Awana, Vacation Bible School, camps, retreats, Bible studies and various seasonal events.  He enjoys seeing kids make the connection between the truths of Scripture and their everyday lives.  The goal of our Children’s Ministry is to engage kids in a relationship with Jesus.  Help them understand why Jesus came and the price He paid for their sins.  The Bible is our foundation for that.  We also want to encourage children and preteens to grow in their faith – to understand the value of consistent time in God’s Word and prayer.  Finally, we want to equip them.  Equip them to be servant leaders and disciple makers at church and in their homes and schools.

Before joining the VGBC staff, Jimmy spent over 20 years at Focus on the Family working in the public policy department.  He graduated from Messiah College in Pennsylvania and completed a Master of Theological Studies degree at the Rocky Mountain Campus of Gateway Seminary.

Aug 7, 2022
Gideon’s Journey to Trusting
Series: Misc
Speaker: Jimmy Peck
  • Aug 7, 2022Gideon’s Journey to Trusting
    Aug 7, 2022
    Gideon’s Journey to Trusting
    Series: Misc
    Speaker: Jimmy Peck
  • Jul 17, 2022God’s Faithfulness
    Jul 17, 2022
    God’s Faithfulness
    Series: Misc
    Psalm 89:1-8
    Speaker: Jimmy Peck
  • Dec 26, 2021Three Unexpected Things
    Dec 26, 2021
    Three Unexpected Things
    Series: Misc
    2 Kings 5:1-14 
    In this passage from 2 Kings 5, we see God's hand in three unexpected things that happen in the life of Naaman.
  • Dec 27, 2020A Pattern Of Prayer
    Dec 27, 2020
    A Pattern Of Prayer
    Series: Misc
    Psalm 90:1-17

Brandon Anderson

Student Minister

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Brandon has the privilege of serving as the Minister of Youth here at VGBC. Brandon was born and raised in Colorado Springs where he graduated from The Classical Academy. Upon graduating, he was able to go to Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC, where he earned his BA in History with a Political Science minor. After graduating in 2016, he returned home and started serving as the Director of Students at Grace Bible Church where he grew up. He was also blessed to meet his wife, Caroline, and they married in July of 2018.

Brandon first felt the call to ministry when he was a senior in high school and has served in several different official ministry positions since. Brandon is passionate about reaching middle and high school students and encouraging them to know and seek God during those pivotal years of becoming an adult. Brandon feels called by God to serve at VGBC with the youth ministry to equip students to serve in God’s Kingdom. He is currently working on his MA in Biblical and Theological Studies at Denver Seminary. 

Jul 30, 2023
Focus Matters
Series: Misc
Philippians 4:4-9

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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