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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!

Apr 17, 2022
The Three Resurrections
Series: Specials
Easter Sermon
  • Apr 17, 2022The Three Resurrections
    Apr 17, 2022
    The Three Resurrections
    Series: Specials
    Easter Sermon
  • Mar 27, 2022He Has Risen
    Mar 27, 2022
    He Has Risen
    Mark 16:1-8
    In this final sermon in our series through Mark, we focus on the resurrection of Jesus.  We talk about the ending of Mark’s Gospel and what this reveals about our resurrected King.
  • Mar 20, 2022The Son of God
    Mar 20, 2022
    The Son of God
    Mark 15:33-47
    In this sermon, we focus on the death and burial of Jesus.  We emphasize that it happened and why it matters. 
  • Mar 13, 2022They Crucified Him
    Mar 13, 2022
    They Crucified Him
    Mark 15:21-32 In this sermon we focus on Jesus’ death on the cross.  We consider the historical reality and the meaning of this event that is central to the Christian faith. 
  • Mar 6, 2022Spitting on Him and Kneeling Down
    Mar 6, 2022
    Spitting on Him and Kneeling Down
    Mark 15:6-20 In this sermon we explore some of the great ironies or mysteries surrounding the cross. 
  • Feb 27, 2022I Do Not Know This Man
    Feb 27, 2022
    I Do Not Know This Man
    We are reminded God uses people who have failed.  Our failure is contrasted with the faithfulness of Jesus, which is what compels us toward redemption. 
  • Feb 20, 2022They All Condemned Him
    Feb 20, 2022
    They All Condemned Him
    We look at the arrest and trial of Jesus.  We come to know Him better as we look at His response and consider how we should respond.
  • Feb 13, 2022The Hour Has Come
    Feb 13, 2022
    The Hour Has Come
    We look at the story of Jesus praying in the garden prior to His death. We explore several profound lessons from this significant event.
  • Jan 30, 2022This is My Body
    Jan 30, 2022
    This is My Body
    Mark 14:12-25   We look at the last supper Jesus ate with His disciples, often referred to as the Lord’s Supper.  We talk about how this meal points us to the past, to the present, and to the future.
  • Jan 23, 2022She Has Done A Beautiful Thing
    Jan 23, 2022
    She Has Done A Beautiful Thing
    In this passage, we have an example to avoid and an example to follow.  We are encouraged to give everything for Jesus since He has given everything for us.

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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 31, 2022
Series: Misc

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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