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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!

Jan 16, 2022
Stay Awake
Mark 13:28-37 We continue to look at this challenging section of Mark 13, as we talk about Christ’s 2nd coming and the call to stay awake.
  • Jan 16, 2022Stay Awake
    Jan 16, 2022
    Stay Awake
    Mark 13:28-37 We continue to look at this challenging section of Mark 13, as we talk about Christ’s 2nd coming and the call to stay awake.
  • Jan 9, 2022Be On Guard
    Jan 9, 2022
    Be On Guard
    Mark 13:14-27   This passage is challenging to interpret, yet it is important for us to rightly understand so we are on guard and prepared when Christ returns “in clouds with great power and glory.”
  • Dec 19, 2021The Three Responses to Christmas
    Dec 19, 2021
    The Three Responses to Christmas
    Series: Specials
    In this Christmas sermon, we consider the three responses to Jesus’ birth.  We talk about how we see these same three responses today.
  • Dec 12, 2021Corinth
    Dec 12, 2021
    Acts 18:1-11 In this sermon we focus on Paul’s time in Corinth.  We discover several important lessons for how the Christian faith can advance through us
  • Dec 5, 2021Athens
    Dec 5, 2021
    Acts 17:16-34 In this sermon, we focus on Paul’s time in Athens.  We discover several keys for making God known so the Christian faith advances.
  • Nov 28, 2021Thessalonica & Berea
    Nov 28, 2021
    Thessalonica & Berea
    In this sermon, we continue following in the steps of Paul through Greece.  We discover several important lessons about experiencing opposition and the importance of God’s Word. 
  • Nov 21, 2021Philippi
    Nov 21, 2021
    In this unique sermon, we begin to follow in the steps of Paul through Greece.  We focus on his time in Philippi and we discover several keys for advancing the Christian faith. 
  • Oct 31, 2021Reformation
    Oct 31, 2021
    Series: Specials
    Romans 3:21-25 We celebrate the biblical truths that were recovered during the Protestant Reformation.  We highlight the five solas: Scripture Alone, Grace Alone, Christ Alone, Faith Alone, and God’s Glory Alone. 
  • Oct 24, 2021The One Who Endures
    Oct 24, 2021
    The One Who Endures
    Jesus warns his disciples about the significant challenges they will face, but he focuses on how they can be faithful.  We focus on these commands from Jesus so we endure to the end.
  • 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.

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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.

Jan 2, 2022
Make All Your Dreams Come True
Series: Misc
Matthew 28:16-20
  • Jan 2, 2022Make All Your Dreams Come True
    Jan 2, 2022
    Make All Your Dreams Come True
    Series: Misc
    Matthew 28:16-20
  • Nov 14, 2021Abraham’s Gospel
    Nov 14, 2021
    Abraham’s Gospel
    Series: Misc
    Guest Speaker Dr. Devin Knuckles
  • Jul 11, 2021Rest
    Jul 11, 2021
    Series: Misc
    Guest speaker, Dr. Devin Knuckles
  • Jul 4, 2021Freedom
    Jul 4, 2021
    Series: Misc
    Psalm 23
    Guest speaker: Devin Knuckles
  • May 15, 2021A Life of Purpose and Significance
    May 15, 2021
    A Life of Purpose and Significance
    Series: Misc
  • Jan 3, 2021The Image and Likeness of God
    Jan 3, 2021
    The Image and Likeness of God
    Series: Misc
    Genesis 1:26-27; 2:24
  • Sep 27, 2020Come Forth
    Sep 27, 2020
    Come Forth
    Series: Misc
  • Dec 29, 2019A New Life for a New Year
    Dec 29, 2019
    A New Life for a New Year
    Series: Misc
  • Jun 30, 2019Be a Disciple
    Jun 30, 2019
    Be a Disciple
    Series: Misc
    Matthew 5:1-4
  • Jan 27, 2019God Knows Me
    Jan 27, 2019
    God Knows Me
    Series: Misc
    Psalm 139:1-3
  • Dec 24, 2018Here with Us
    Dec 24, 2018
    Here with Us
    Series: Misc
    Isaiah 58:9
  • May 27, 2018The Branch
    May 27, 2018
    The Branch
    Series: Misc
  • Dec 17, 2017The Greatest Gift
    Dec 17, 2017
    The Greatest Gift

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.


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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IT & Production

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John Gleason

Facilities Manager

Olivia Hunt

Youth & Children Ministry Assistant

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Caitlin Lockard

Music Ministry Assistant

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Todd Rhinehart

Facilities Manager Assistant

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