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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 11, 2021
They All Ate And Were Satisfied
Mark 6:30-44
In this sermon, we look at the incredible story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people.  We discover we have a deep hunger, and God has provided the solution by providing His bread. 
  • Apr 11, 2021They All Ate And Were Satisfied
    Apr 11, 2021
    They All Ate And Were Satisfied
    Mark 6:30-44
    In this sermon, we look at the incredible story of Jesus feeding 5,000 people.  We discover we have a deep hunger, and God has provided the solution by providing His bread. 
  • Apr 4, 2021This Changes Everything
    Apr 4, 2021
    This Changes Everything
    Series: Specials
    1 Corinthians 15
    In this sermon we talk about the historical reality of the resurrection, and we consider why this event is significant for us today.  We address some common objections, and we discover the resurrection changes everything. 
  • Mar 25, 2021Prepare the Way
    Mar 25, 2021
    Prepare the Way
    Mark 6:14-29   In this sermon, we discover several ways John the Baptist prepares the way for Jesus.  We give special attention to the last week of Jesus’ life, and we are encouraged as we see that God was in complete control.   
  • Mar 21, 2021And They Took Offense at Him
    Mar 21, 2021
    And They Took Offense at Him
    In this sermon, we are reminded that the message of the Christian faith is offensive.  We talk about why Jesus is often rejected, and how we should think about our role as messengers in a world that seems to be easily offended.
  • Mar 14, 2021Your Faith Has Made You Well
    Mar 14, 2021
    Your Faith Has Made You Well
    Mark 5:21-43 In this sermon, we see two healing miracles, and we learn that Jesus is Lord over sickness and death. We talk about what this means for us today.
  • Mar 7, 2021What Have You To Do With Me?
    Mar 7, 2021
    What Have You To Do With Me?
    In this sermon, we discover Jesus is Lord over the supernatural world.  We learn what Jesus expects when He comes into our lives, and we are encouraged to respond like the man in this story.
  • Feb 28, 2021Who Then Is This?
    Feb 28, 2021
    Who Then Is This?
    Mark 4:35-41
    In this sermon, we look at the powerful story of Jesus calming the water.  We discover three paradoxes in this story that we also see in the Christian faith and in the Lord’s Supper.
  • Feb 21, 2021Not Ashamed of the Gospel
    Feb 21, 2021
    Not Ashamed of the Gospel
    Series: Specials
    Romans 1:16-18   This sermon is divided into four sections which are key aspects of the Gospel: God, Man, Christ, and Response.  After each section, we sing a related song responding to what we have heard. 
  • Feb 14, 2021Pay Attention to What You Hear
    Feb 14, 2021
    Pay Attention to What You Hear
    In this sermon, we look at a couple of parables that reveal Kingdom truths.  We are reminded God has a plan, He is in control, and He will accomplish His plan. 
  • Feb 7, 2021He Who Has Ears to Hear
    Feb 7, 2021
    He Who Has Ears to Hear
    Mark 4:1-20   In this sermon we discover there are various ways people reject Jesus and His message.  Some reject Him immediately, while others reject Him in a subtle way.  We are encouraged to keep hearing and believing. 
  • Jan 31, 2021Who are My Brothers?
    Jan 31, 2021
    Who are My Brothers?
    In this passage, we see three responses to Jesus: rejection, confusion, and following Him as Lord.  We see these same three responses today.  We are encouraged to trust and follow Him.
  • Jan 17, 2021Send Them Out
    Jan 17, 2021
    Send Them Out
    In this sermon, we are reminded Jesus was committed and passionate about His mission, which involved rescuing us.  When we understand this, it motivates us to return to the simple mission He has given to us.
  • Jan 10, 2021All Things New
    Jan 10, 2021
    All Things New
    Mark 2:18-28
    As we begin a new year, we are reminded Jesus has come to make all things new.  We discover He brings a new joy, and new day, and a new perspective.  We are encouraged to walk in this newness of life!

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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.

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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Creative Director

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Facilities Manager

Gwen Gunn

Ministry Assistant

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Karen Pabich

Ministry Assistant

Jimmy Peck

Children’s Ministry Director

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Facilities Manager Assistant

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Children & Student Ministry Assistant

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