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Vista Grande Baptist Church, 5680 Stetson Hills Blvd.
Colorado Springs, CO, 80917
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!
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 Athens, Ohio, Jason who resides in Lafayette, CO with his wife Kelsey, and Janette who is a senior at the University of Colorado at 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.
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-
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.
Michael works directly with the youth ministry team, and he also provides pastoral oversight for the children’s ministry and our children’s ministry director. Michael met his wife, Kati, during his final year of college at OBU. Michael is from Plano, Texas and Kati is from Omaha, Nebraska. They have 3 children: Liliahna, Aleah, and Cason.
Michael went to college at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas where he received a BA in Biblical Studies. He then went to seminary at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas and received a Masters of Divinity. Michael has ministered to youth and families for the past 15 years at churches in Arkansas, Tennessee, and Texas, and he now feels very at home in Colorado.
Michael desires to see children and youth know Jesus and make much of Jesus in every part of their lives. The goal of our ministry is to ENGAGE children and youth in a relationship with Jesus and with Godly adults who are modeling Christ-
The Lusk family enjoys skiing together, being outdoors doing almost anything, and Friday night pizza. Michael enjoys men’s softball, golf, racquetball, watching sports (especially the Texas Longhorns and Texas Rangers), reading, a good cup of coffee, and deep conversation.
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