Lead Pastor

Dr. Donald Neace

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Pastor Neace came to Cape Coral from Virginia where he pastored churches in Big Stone Gap and Dublin, VA.  He also served as the State Pastor for VA for ten years.  Chaplain ministry at two correctional facilities in VA was also a passion for Pastor Don. In fact, while pasoring here at Water's Edge, Pastor Don volunteers as a Chaplain with the Cape Coral Police Department.

Originally from southern IL Pastor Don attended John Logan College and was licensed and ordained in the Church of God in Illinois where he served in several positions. He later graduated from Christian Bible College in Rocky Mountain, NC. where he earned his PhD in Philosophy in Theology.

For ten years Pastor Don served as Editor in Chief of Reformation Witness Magazine a national publication and was on the Editorial Advisory Board for One Voice Magazine also a national publication. He has served as a teacher, evangelist, and guest lecturer at many churches, camp meetings, and national church gatherings. A published author, Pastor Don has received numerous journalism awards in Illinois and Virginia.

He is married to his wife of 40 years, Lisa, and they have two grown children and two grandchildren.

You can reach Pastor Don anytime by telephone or text at 239-201-0786, by e-mail at, or by dropping by the pastor’s study during regular office hours. As a general rule, he is at the church on Tuesday and Thursday mornings (9 am to 1 pm).

In his "free time" Pastor Don serves as a chaplain for the Cape Coral Police. He can also be found fishing, reading a book, or trying any of the fine eateries in the Cape. 

Associate Pastor

Mark Matthews

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Pastor Mark Matthews joined Waters Edge Church in 2016, after moving from Akron, OH, where he served for 8 years in jail ministry, outreach ministry, and teen ministry for the Arlington Church of God. He is ordained by the Church of God in Anderson, Indiana. He has served the last two years at Waters Edge as the outreach minister and now has added the duties of Associate Pastor, assisting Pastor Don.

Pastor Mark supports and promotes the vision of Water’s Edge Church: Teach God’s Word, Transform Lives, and Build the Kingdom of God.

The Associate Pastor helps all the ministries keep flowing by serving in whatever capacity they need, coordinating the outreach ministries of the church as well. Pastor Mark also assist with community connections, including: Suncoast Community Center, The United Way, The Chamber of Commerce, and the Cape Coral Community Foundation. He also serves as a liaison to the Pastor Don. Additionally he serves as a Chaplain for the Cape Coral Fire Department and serve on the Suncoast Taskforce Board as their secretary. If you have a question, or need something done, Pastor Mark is the guy to start with. He also serves as being the "lead" pastor when Pastor Don is away (yikes!).

Mark can be reached anytime at (330) 798-2941, emailed at, or your nearest fishing hole!

Worship Leader

Beth Welsh

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Pastor Beth Welsh serves as the Worship Pastor supporting and promoting the vision of Water’s Edge Church: Teaching God’s Word, Transform Lives, and Build the Kingdom of God.

Ministry of Worship includes, but is not limited to, the worship leaders and primary instrumentalists. The Worship Pastor is responsible for keeping the church’s worship focused and God-centered. Works in cooperation with the Lead Pastor and Creative Arts Pastor. Is responsible for all musical and worship preparation and presentation. Assists and advises the Lead Pastor in selection of worship team members, Selects and schedules featured music. And provides planning, scheduling, and coordination of other worship programs or specific services for special occasions. She also loves helping out with anything having to do with teens.

In her free time (What is free time?) Beth loves to travel, enjoys music in nearly all forms, movies, theater, spending time with friends and animals, and hanging out with her now grown up son Nicholas and fiance Bruce.


Compassion Ministries Pastor

Jill Dugal

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Pastor Jill Dugal serves as the Compassionate Ministries (CM) Pastor supporting and promoting the vision of Water’s Edge Church: to Teach God’s Word, Transform Lives, and Build the kingdom of God.  She is responsible for congregational compassionate care. The CM Pastor guides a volunteer team to support this the ministry.

General Responsibilities Include: 1) Hospital visitation: taking flowers, fruit basket, cards, balloons, etc. to members who are hospitalized, in care facilities, or homebound for extended periods of time. 2) Coordination of needs of service such as taking someone to doctor’s office; carrying in food; and other needs. 3) The Compassionate Ministries Pastor also communicates with Pastor Don as needs are discovered, so that a global plan may be maintained to provide for the best welfare and safety of those we serve. 

CM Pastor also leads Emergency contact coordination: Connecting with church members when urgent information needs to be communicated to the church by telephone and/or e-mail and assists with coordination of church emergency response in event of church family disaster or crisis. This includes communicating urgent needs for prayer so we can invoke God's great grace, power, and mercy in these times of need.

Waters Edge Church also has a prayer group that meets regularly, which is lead by Pastor Jill.

Jill likes to read, bowl, swim, and enjoys many other indoor activities.

Creative Arts Pastor

Lisa Neace

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Pastor Lisa Neace is the Creative Arts Pastor supporting and promotes the vision of Water’s Edge Church: to Teach God’s Word, Transform Lives, and Build the kingdom of God. She is responsible to work alongside the Lead Pastor and Worship Pastor to facilitate the arts in the worship and church activities.

The Creative Arts Pastor is responsible for, but not limited to: creating images and lyrics for the worship service (Power Point or other approved computer software) that include words to the songs, supplemental videos, and slides that help the congregation visualize the sermon; and coordination of personnel for the operation of the sound and video systems.

Lisa spends her spare time being the better half of her husband, Pastor Don. She loves thrift stores, being with her kids and grandkids, and reading a good Christian fiction novel.


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