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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 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 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!
  • Dec 15, 2020Christmas in Revelation
    Dec 15, 2020
    Christmas in Revelation
    Series: Specials
    In this sermon, we look at a passage that is often overlooked at Christmas.  We discover Christmas is about more than shepherds and a manger.  It is about warfare. 
  • Dec 13, 2020Those Who Are Sick
    Dec 13, 2020
    Those Who Are Sick
    Mark 2:1-17 We ultimately see two responses to Jesus throughout His life.  We see these same two responses today.  How will we respond?
  • Dec 6, 2020Sent For This Purpose
    Dec 6, 2020
    Sent For This Purpose
    Mark 1:29-45 Jesus often concealed His identity and His mission.  We discover the reasons for this “messianic secret” and why this is significant for us.
  • Nov 22, 2020A New Teaching with Authority
    Nov 22, 2020
    A New Teaching with Authority
    Mark 1:14-28 In this sermon, we are reminded that Jesus was a preacher.  We explore what He taught and why we should follow His teachings.
  • Nov 15, 2020You Are My Beloved Son
    Nov 15, 2020
    You Are My Beloved Son
    Mark 1:9-13
    Even though Jesus is God’s Son, He has chosen to identify with us.  We discover several ways He has identified with us and why this should encourage us to go to Him.
  • Nov 8, 2020The Beginning of the Gospel
    Nov 8, 2020
    The Beginning of the Gospel
    The book of Mark is about the good news of Jesus Christ.  In this first sermon, we look at several aspects of this gospel and discover why the Christian message is truly good news.
  • Nov 1, 2020The Church & the State
    Nov 1, 2020
    The Church & the State
    Series: Specials
    Matthew 22:15-22   With a presidential election in a couple of days and everyone thinking and talking about this important event, we consider what we believe about the church and the state.  We talk about the distinction, the relationship, and the future.
  • Oct 25, 2020Praise the Lord!
    Oct 25, 2020
    Praise the Lord!
    In this sermon, we look at a praise psalm and conclude this series on a joyful note!  We focus on several reasons why we should be motivated to praise.
  • Oct 18, 2020Out of the Depths
    Oct 18, 2020
    Out of the Depths
    In this sermon we learn how to respond when it seems like we are in the depths. 
  • Oct 11, 2020Living by the Book
    Oct 11, 2020
    Living by the Book
    In this sermon we discover several keys for living according to God’s Word. 
    Book Recommendation
  • Oct 4, 2020His Works Remembered
    Oct 4, 2020
    His Works Remembered
    Psalms 111:1-10

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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 with a Doctor of Divinity degree from Master’s International University of Divinity.
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.

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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