OUR LEADERS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pastor Charles Lord has been our Pastor since April 2013. 
Charles grew up in Oklahoma, where he felt God’s leading into ministry in his teens. After attending Central State University of Oklahoma and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he has been serving Christ in full time ministry positions. He has served as a youth pastor, church planter, bi-vocational pastor and senior pastor in Oklahoma, New Jersey, Arizona and now New Mexico. He is married to Christie and they have four daughters, two wonderful sons-in-law, and two precious grandchildren. You may contact Pastor Charles at pastor@vistagrandechurch.com or 505-206-3210.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
John Torrison is Associational Director for Central Baptist Association.  John has been ministering in CBA for 18 years as a pastor and now Director.  John and Trudy are charter members of VGC. John has been married to his wife Trudy for almost 44 years.  They have two daughters, Jamie Coey who is married to Brian Coey, and they live in Edgewood, NM with their three teenagers, Ashleigh, Hunter and Kassie.  Their other daughter Sarah is married to Rob Slusser. They have a three-year-old daughter named Mackenzie and they live in Raleigh, NC. You may contact John at  john@cbanm.org or  505-205-0529.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stan McCoy was born in Las Vegas, NM to a Baptist minister who worked for over three decades in university student ministry. His mom and dad gave him a solid foundation in biblical teaching as well as setting an example for loving others, and how to serve them. Stan worked for graphic design and advertising businesses for nearly three decades before recently embarking on an entrepreneurial venture. Stan has two daughters and has been married 30 years and counting. Contact Stan at stan.g.mccoy@gmail.com or 505-250-5393.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Brad King moved into the Sandia Park area with his wife Carolyn in 2011, visited Vista Grande Church first, and never left.  Brad’s background is in aviation having undergraduate degrees in engineering and aeronautics as well as Master’s degrees in aeronautics and aviation management;  he flew F-15 fighters in the Air Force, worked in advanced design and program engineering with the Northrop Corporation, and has been an airline captain for FedEx for over 20 years.  He and Carolyn came to Christ later in life and have powerful testimonies highlighting the grace of God.  Their one daughter, Michelle Lynn, lives out of state and is dearly loved.  You may contact Brad at behking@gmail.com or call/text at (636) 288-1008.

What We Believe

HOLY BIBLE-The Holy Bible was written by men inspired by God and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. 
 
GOD-There is one, and only one, living and true God. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal Being, the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of the universe. God is all powerful and all knowing; and His perfect knowledge extends to all things, past, present, and future, including the future decisions of people, who also have free will. To Him we owe the highest love, reverence, and obedience.  God reveals Himself to us as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being.
 
Human Beings- We are the special creation of God, made in His own image. He created us as the crowning work of His creation.
 
Jesus- Jesus was born of a virgin and as the Son of God, he is all God and all man. He died on a cross to take the punishment for our sins and rose from the dead three days later. We are called to accept who he is, what he has done for us, and follow him as Lord and Savior of our life.
 
Salvation- Everyone has sinned (broken God’s law) and therefore, are destined to be separated forever (hell) from God. God provided for salvation from this by sending Jesus to take the punishment for our sin in our place. We can accept this gift of salvation by placing our faith in Jesus and asking for forgiveness for our sin.
 
Baptism- Baptism is an important ordinance of the church. After a person has placed their faith in Jesus and asked for forgiveness, they spiritually are a new person. Jesus gave us the example of baptism by immersion. This is a picture of the old being buried and then rising up as a new person. Baptism is not required for salvation, but is an act of obedience.
 
Communion- (Lord’s Supper) This is an important symbolic remembrance of the sacrifice Jesus made, taking the punishment in our place for our sin. 

 

About Vista Grande Church

Jesus Christ as explained in the Bible is what we are about.  We exist to know Him and make Him known.

Rest assured, on the outside we look fairly normal – we are retirees, school teachers, engineers, stay at home moms. But something has changed within us. 

As much as we enjoy this life, we really believe that even if a person has:

  • the most rewarding friendships
  • can experience every created beauty
  • and enjoy these things forever —

 if they don’t have Jesus Christ, it would not be heaven.

The reason we think this way is because we have come to understand Jesus is God, and He, through His death, burial and resurrection brings ungodly people to God. And it is God alone who defines and is the source of all that is good (I Peter 3:18; James 1:17; Psalm 36:8).

The Word of God tells us that Jesus is God and that He was put to death on a cross as a substitute in our place, because we have all sinned (Romans 3:23). Through faith in Jesus, something has happened inside us. In our hearts and minds we now see and know that the eternal God of the universe is the most precious and most necessary person. To know Him and follow Him is the best life a person can have (II Corinthians 4:4-6; John 17:3; Psalm 16:11).

In the Bible, Jesus says that to know Him is like having a spring of clear, pure water within you. It’s always satisfying our thirst and it’s always flowing out and over its banks.

 There’s something about knowing Him who is eternal that creates a desire to let others know the treasure we have found. That’s what we mean when we say we exist to know Jesus Christ and make Him known. We are committed to obey His command to make disciples of all the nations, so that Jesus will be glorified in all the earth (Isaiah 11:9, Romans 10:8-11).