Pastor: Kel Penny
Kel came to Water's Edge in July of 2017. Kel grew up in Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2006 with a degree in Religious Studies. He also holds two degrees from Asbury Theological Seminary, a Master's of Arts in Theological Studies and a Master's of Divinity. When it comes to church, Kel loves teaching people new ways to interpret the Bible, connecting with people in the community and only working on Sundays (Ha!). Outside of church Kel is kind of nerdy. He leads dungeons and dragons games with various groups as he has time, loves action and hero movies, and has been known to read entire series of sci-fi and fantasy books without stopping. Kel loves spending time with family and exploring all that this beautiful world has to offer.
Worship and Creative Arts Director: Tara Dodge
Tara came to Water's Edge in January of 2019. She grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and holds an undergraduate degree in Art Education and a Graduate Degree in Secondary Education. She was a public school teacher for over a decade. When it comes to church, Tara has been leading worship services for almost three years and has been involved in church music since she was a child. She also loves being able to use her creative talents to make fun stage designs and meaningful environments. Outside of church Tara enjoys animals, camping, beach days and lots of cookouts with friends and family. She also is a Packers fan now living in Bears country. We'll see how this turns out later (LOL). Tara, her two children and husband are excited to be diving into a new chapter of their lives and look forward to a summer of exploring Southwest Michigan.
Children's Pastor: Leanne Penny
Leanne Penny is passionate about working to build a Children’s Ministry program that enables the families of Harbor Country to grow together as they deepen their faith. As a mother of 3, she understands how essential it is to have the support of a church community as you endeavor to raise kids in the ways of Christ. When she’s not at church, Leanne enjoys working in her craft room, hunting for beach glass, playing board games and caring for the the family’s 3 house rabbits.
Office Manager: Betty Zion
Betty joined the staff in 2011. Some great perks about Betty's job are the smiling children who come through the front doors and wave to her each morning on their way to We Play & Learn Daycare Center. Betty loves the natural landscape right outside her window and the folks at Water's Edge who are some of her best friends and teachers. Betty loves to chat with folks over a cup of coffee; every person has a story to tell. You can usually find Betty at the desk in the front office (with coffee) or enjoying conversation with someone in The Commons.