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!

Nov 28, 2022
The Pattern of the Kingdom: 2 Kings
2 Kings reveals a pattern we see throughout the Bible.  We look at this regularity and ask where we are in this pattern.
  • Nov 28, 2022The Pattern of the Kingdom: 2 Kings
    Nov 28, 2022
    The Pattern of the Kingdom: 2 Kings
    2 Kings reveals a pattern we see throughout the Bible.  We look at this regularity and ask where we are in this pattern.
  • Nov 20, 2022God’s King (Part 3): 1 Kings
    Nov 20, 2022
    God’s King (Part 3): 1 Kings
    In 1 Kings we see many of God’s promises fulfilled and we anticipate the restoration of paradise.  Will the Kingdom of God be established forever or will we have to wait?    
  • Nov 16, 2022Wed. Bible Study–11/16/22
    Nov 16, 2022
    Wed. Bible Study–11/16/22
  • Nov 6, 2022God’s King (Part 2): 2nd Samuel
    Nov 6, 2022
    God’s King (Part 2): 2nd Samuel
    2 Samuel 7 is an important passage for understanding the book and for understanding the Bible.  We focus on the promise in this text.
  • Oct 30, 2022God’s King: 1 Samuel
    Oct 30, 2022
    God’s King: 1 Samuel
    1 Samuel presents a significant contrast between David who is humble yet exalted and Saul who is arrogant and humbled. We consider what this reveals about God’s King and why this is significant for us.
  • Oct 23, 2022The Backstory of God’s King: Ruth
    Oct 23, 2022
    The Backstory of God’s King: Ruth
    The book of Ruth reveals God is in control in difficult circumstances working through people who are faithful and kind to accomplish His plans and purposes.
  • Oct 16, 2022The Need for a King: Judges
    Oct 16, 2022
    The Need for a King: Judges
    The book of Judges is about the spiritual decline of God’s people and their need for a righteous King. 
  • Oct 2, 2022The Victorious King: Joshua
    Oct 2, 2022
    The Victorious King: Joshua
    The story of Joshua demonstrates God is the King who provides victory and rest for His people.  We discover what it looks like for us to live like He is the victorious King.
  • Sep 25, 2022Obeying the King: Deuteronomy
    Sep 25, 2022
    Obeying the King: Deuteronomy
    A central theme in Deuteronomy is the call to obey. We talk about what obedience involves and how we can be motivated to obey.
  • Sep 18, 2022The Faithful King: Numbers
    Sep 18, 2022
    The Faithful King: Numbers
    The Book of Numbers is about the gradual fulfillment of the promises made to Abraham.  We look at the promises and discover how we can experience these blessings today.

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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.


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 31, 2022
Series: Misc
Speaker: 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.

Brandon Anderson

Student Minister

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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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