Senior Pastor

Rev Don 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 challenge for Pastor Don.

Originally from southern IL Pastor Neace 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.

For ten years Pastor Neace 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.  A published author Rev Neace has received numerous journalism awards in Illinois and Virginia.

  I want you to know I am available to you. You can reach me anytime by telephone at 239-201-0786,  by e-mail at, or by dropping by the pastor’s study during my regular office hours. As a general rule, I expect to be at the church on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday mornings (9 am to 1 pm) and Wednesday afternoons (1 pm to 5 pm).

Outreach Ministries Pastor

Mark Matthews

Mark has been with us as an active member here at Water’s Edge for two years. He is licensed as a minister with the Church of God and is pursuing ordination through Leadership Focus and Florida Church of God Ministries. Mark will be taking some responsibilities from Jim Smalley, working to enhance our community relations, and leading the teen/young adult Life Group we hope to open at Suncoast Estates. Mark comes to the position with good background and ideas to enhance our outreach and public footprint

Worship Leader

Beth Welsh

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The Worship Pastor supports and promotes the vision of Water’s Edge Church to Teach 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.


Compassion Ministries Pastor

Jill Dugal

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Compassionate Ministries Pastor supports and promotes the vision of Water’s Edge Church to Teach God’s Word, Transform Lives, and Build the kingdom of God, and, is responsible for congregational compassionate care. A team of congregational members are recruited to help with Compassionate Ministries. The CM Pastor is not expected to do all the work, but to provide coordination of the team to accomplish the ministry together.

General Responsibilities - Hospital visitation: taking flowers, fruit basket, cards, balloons, etc. to members who are hospitalized, in care facilities, or homebound for extended periods of time; coordination of needs service such as taking someone to doctor’s office; carrying in food; and other needs as discovered. The Compassionate Ministries Pastor communicates with Pastor Don as needs are discovered and in event situations are discovered where some form of official intervention is needed.

CM Pastor 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.


Creative Arts Pastor

Lisa Neace

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The Creative Arts Pastor supports and promotes the vision of Water’s Edge Church to Teach God’s Word, Transform Lives, and Build the kingdom of God, and, 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.


   June 2019   
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