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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!

Mar 22, 2020
A Theology of Desires
In this sermon we look at the 10th commandment about coveting.  We talk about how this text relates to the two great commands: loving God and loving others.  During this time of experiencing the coronavirus and all its impact on our lives, we are reminded that our desires are not necessarily wrong but they can reveal a lot about us. We discover how to transform our desires so that we become content with Him no matter our circumstances.
  • Mar 22, 2020A Theology of Desires
    Mar 22, 2020
    A Theology of Desires
    In this sermon we look at the 10th commandment about coveting.  We talk about how this text relates to the two great commands: loving God and loving others.  During this time of experiencing the coronavirus and all its impact on our lives, we are reminded that our desires are not necessarily wrong but they can reveal a lot about us. We discover how to transform our desires so that we become content with Him no matter our circumstances.
  • Mar 15, 2020Nothing But the Truth
    Mar 15, 2020
    Nothing But the Truth
    Exodus 20:16 In this sermon, we discover God values the truth and so we should speak the truth.  We talk about what it means to bear false witness and to speak the truth in love.  We consider exceptions when we might be justified in speaking falsely.  And we talk about how Jesus is the Truth and how He came to rescue us from deception so that we might testify to the Truth. 
  • Mar 8, 2020A Theology of Stuff
    Mar 8, 2020
    A Theology of Stuff
    Exodus 20:15
    In this sermon we look at the 8th command: you shall not steal.  We discover from Ephesians 4:28 a progression of the heart that is necessary for obeying this command.  We are called to not steal, do good work, and give to others.  
  • Feb 23, 2020No Adultery!
    Feb 23, 2020
    No Adultery!
    In this sermon we begin by looking at the biblical picture of marriage.  This command to not commit adultery reveals God values the covenant relationship between a husband and a wife.  We also discover the distorted view of marriage that exists because of sin.  Finally, we talk about the big picture and how marriage ultimately points us to the gospel.
  • Feb 16, 2020No Murder!
    Feb 16, 2020
    No Murder!
    In this sermon, we focus on the 6th commandment, which prohibits murder.  We talk about what this means and what this excludes such as capital punishment, war, and self-defense.  We talk about special issues related to this command such as suicide, abortion, and euthanasia.  We also consider how this commandment relates to Jesus and the gospel.
  • Feb 9, 2020Honor Your Father and Your Mother
    Feb 9, 2020
    Honor Your Father and Your Mother
    In this sermon, we talk about how the 5th commandment is for children and parents. We talk about how children can honor their parents and why parents are responsible for teaching their children to honor them. We also talk about how the ultimate goal of biblical parenting is for us to know God as our Father.
  • Jan 26, 2020Remember the Sabbath
    Jan 26, 2020
    Remember the Sabbath
    In this sermon, we look at the 4th command, “remember the sabbath.”  We begin by considering the historical context and how this day of rest was a provision from God that was a sign of salvation.  We also consider how Jesus and the New Testament authors address the sabbath law.  Finally, we look at three different current views of the sabbath and we talk about how we should apply this command today.
  • Jan 19, 2020Representing His Name Well
    Jan 19, 2020
    Representing His Name Well
    In this sermon we look at the third commandment, which is about not taking the Lord’s name in vain.  We discover what is behind the command or what it reveals that God wants us to value.  We also talk about ways we break this command.
  • Jan 12, 2020Worshiping the True God Truly
    Jan 12, 2020
    Worshiping the True God Truly
    In this sermon we look at the second command which forbids the use of idols.  We discover this command means we should not use idols to worship false gods and we should not use idols to worship the true God.  We also talk about how Jesus is the image of the invisible God and how this relates to the second command.
  • Jan 5, 2020No Other Gods
    Jan 5, 2020
    No Other Gods
    In this sermon, we look at the first commandment which is foundational to the other nine.  We discover several important truths about God: He is a speaking, active, exclusive, and gracious God.  We also discover two extremes we should avoid when we think about the role of the law in the life of a Christian.

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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 Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, Jason who resides in Lafayette, CO with his wife Kelsey, and Janette who lives in 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.


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 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.


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.

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 Korea 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 throughout the years. One glorious and amazing thing is 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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Danielle Doyle

Production Manager & Tech

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John Gleason

Facilities Manager

Gwen Gunn

Ministry Assistant

Ethan Mitchell


Josiah Mitchell


Jonathan Noggle


Karen Pabich

Ministry Assistant

Jimmy Peck

Children’s Ministry Director

Todd Rhinehart

Facilities Manager Assistant

Lori Root


Juli Salkeld

Student Ministries

Julie Shade

Vista Kids Preschool