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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 7, 2024
The Goal of the King – Revelation
Revelation is a unique book that has led to many interpretations.  We focus on the main point and consider what difference this makes for us. 
  • Apr 7, 2024The Goal of the King – Revelation
    Apr 7, 2024
    The Goal of the King – Revelation
    Revelation is a unique book that has led to many interpretations.  We focus on the main point and consider what difference this makes for us. 
  • Mar 31, 2024The Three Resurrections
    Mar 31, 2024
    The Three Resurrections
    Series: Specials
    In this Easter message, we consider three resurrections that are crucial to the Christian faith. 
  • Mar 24, 2024Kingdom Warnings – Jude
    Mar 24, 2024
    Kingdom Warnings – Jude
  • Mar 17, 2024Kingdom Truth and Love – 2 & 3 John
    Mar 17, 2024
    Kingdom Truth and Love – 2 & 3 John
    2 & 3 John refer to truth and love throughout.  We consider the relationship between these two important aspects of the Christian faith.
  • Mar 10, 2024The Kingdom and Loving God – 1 John
    Mar 10, 2024
    The Kingdom and Loving God – 1 John
    1 John is about loving God since He first loved us.  We discover we love God with our minds, with our lives, and with our hearts. 
  • Mar 3, 2024The Coming Kingdom – 2 Peter
    Mar 3, 2024
    The Coming Kingdom – 2 Peter
    2 Peter
    Peter writes this second letter knowing he is facing death.  He warns about people who claim Christ will not return, and he encourages us to be ready for the coming kingdom.
  • Feb 18, 2024Kingdom Sojourners – 1 Peter
    Feb 18, 2024
    Kingdom Sojourners – 1 Peter
    1 Peter uses the terms exiles and sojourners to describe Christians.  We talk about how and why to live as faithful sojourners. 
  • Feb 11, 2024Kingdom Integrity – James
    Feb 11, 2024
    Kingdom Integrity – James
    James 1:22-25
    James is a practical book that encourages us to live out our faith.  We talk about how James is consistent with the rest of the Bible.
  • Feb 4, 2024The Superiority of the King – Hebrews
    Feb 4, 2024
    The Superiority of the King – Hebrews
    Hebrews 1:1-4
    Hebrews is a powerful book that emphasizes the superiority of Jesus.  We discover why Jesus is greater and why this motivates us to persevere to the end.
  • Jan 28, 2024Relationships and the Kingdom – Philemon
    Jan 28, 2024
    Relationships and the Kingdom – Philemon
    Philemon is a unique book that teaches us about relationships.


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, and their son Elliot; Jason, who resides in Westminster, CO, with his wife, Kelsey, and their son Oakley; 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. 

Jan 2, 2024
Declared to All People
Series: Misc
Guest Speaker, Brandon Anderson

Bill Cox

Director of Pastoral Care

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Bill has been a member of Vista Grande Baptist Church since 1984. He first served on staff as Minister of Music and Youth until he was called to the mission field in 2005. He and his wife Cathy served with the International Mission Board in East and Southeast Asia for 18 years. Bill returned to Vista Grande in 2023 to serve as Director of Pastoral Care.

Bill and Cathy have two adult children, Michelle and James, and three granddaughters. In addition to riding his motorcycle and playing the guitar, Bill enjoys everything Colorado; hiking, fly fishing, skiing, and all Colorado professional sports teams. Bill says “I have traveled to six continents and visited many places around the world. Considering all the interesting places where I have lived or visited, I know nothing more beautiful and suitable than Colorado Springs.



Oct 29, 2023
I Will be With You
Series: Misc
Guest Speaker Bill Cox
  • Oct 29, 2023I Will be With You
    Oct 29, 2023
    I Will be With You
    Series: Misc
    Guest Speaker Bill Cox



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Jan Giles

Front Office

John Gleason

Facilities Manager

Olivia Hunt

Youth & Children Ministry Assistant

Jennifer Johnson

Music Ministry Assistant

Chris Leggett


Karen Pabich

Front Office

Todd Rhinehart

Facilities Manager Assistant

Lori Root


Julie Shade

Vista Kids Preschool

Chrystal Townsend

Front Office