Staff and Leadership

  • Bill crawford - Pastor

    Rev. Bill Crawford has served as the pastor of Water’s Edge since of March 2011. Bill and his wife Kathy, an elementary school teacher, have three children, David (26), Ali and Betsy (twin daughters, 23). He is an avid golfer and reader (a real fan of C.S. Lewis). Bill is a native of Princeton, New Jersey. After attending Westmont College, he studied Biblical languages at Princeton Theological Seminary, and Theology at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. He has done additional studies at North Park Seminary and through Fuller Seminary. Bill  is the author of What God Knows About You, and What You Should Know About Him. He has served as a chapel speaker for pro and college teams and as a platform speaker for Fellowship of Christian Athlete camps, huddles, and banquets. Bill was the Michigan State Director for FCA  serving over 120 High School Huddles and 15 College Fellowships.  Before coming to Water's Edge, he served for 11 years as Sr. Pastor of Community Fellowship Church in the western suburbs of Chicago.      

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  • Keren Ryan - Worship COORDINATOR

    Keren is known for her beautiful voice and is a devoted follower of Jesus.  Keren attended Fullerton College for music studies. She previously led worship at EVFree Church in Fullerton and St. Andrews Presbyterian in Newport Beach. Most recently she was involved at The Bridge at Union Church in downtown Los Angeles helping lead the music ministry. Stepping out into the community and going to our neighbors and those in need is really important to her.  Karen wants us to remember that that is what God has called us to do because lives are changed through Christ’s love. Along with her passion for helping others, she also loves dogs, and believes they're one of God’s greatest gifts. She volunteers at rescues and has helped foster over 30 dogs.  Keren met her husband, Daniel, a pianist and composer, while playing music together for a High School winter camp. They make their home in El Segundo.

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  • Melinda Ige - Ministry Coordinator

    Melinda has a bachelor's degree in Christian Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and a Master's in Theology from Azusa Pacific Seminary.  Before coming to Water's Edge in 2013, Melinda, along with her husband Danny, and several other families planted a church in West L.A. and helped launch a church in Santa Monica. She served on the church leadership team, taught Adult Christian Education classes, and led retreat workshops and seminars. She especially enjoys helping people discover and develop their spiritual gifts.  She studied Spiritual Formation and Soul Care with CFDM (Christian Formation and Direction Ministries) is a Certified Spiritual Director. Melinda and Danny, live in Culver City. They have four grown children.

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  • Water's Edge Elders

    Bill Crawford |

    Dave McNeil  |

    Joanne Feldmeth |

    Robert Crotty |

    Dr. Nate Feldmeth (teaching elder) |

    Gary Hunt (operations team chair) |

    Avery Drost |

  • Joanna (JO) Anderson - Family MINISTRY Director

    Jo oversees our children’s ministry on Sunday and organizes wonderful events for the whole family especially around the holidays. Before moving to Hermosa Beach in 2013, Jo was a teacher in NYC. She taught all levels, but her favorite years were spent teaching Kindergarten. In 2011, she earned her graduate degree in Education from The City of College of New York and received her BA in Humanities from Pepperdine University in 2007. She is married to Michael Anderson and enjoys taking care of their two children, Pippa (3 years) and Georgia (10 months).  Jo’s experience in education and talents as a teacher are a tremendous blessing to the church at Water's Edge. Contact Jo at

  • Karen Palacios - Children's ministry assistant

    Receiving Christ as her Lord and Savior has shaped Karen and her passion for ministry and it shows. Karen has been involved in worship, youth and children's ministry and has volunteered at different outreach programs such as War on Hunger (WOH) feeding the "street community" in Skid Row, and put together school supplies in backpacks for children in Tijuana. Karen earned a certificate in Ministry and Biblical Studies from Hope International University in Fullerton. She faithfully served in the Water’s Edge Nursery for nearly three years and now works part-time as the administrative assistant to the Children’s Ministry Dept, handling many important tasks. We are privileged to welcome her to our staff. 

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  • Avery Drost - Youth Director

    Avery is a graduate of Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA and has lived in the South Bay since 2011. He has competed in professional beach volleyball on the AVP Tour and with the US National Team Program for 7 years, and has spent years coaching and mentoring young people in the game of beach volleyball and in faith in Christ. He and his wife Alyson have been married since 2012, and have one daughter, Blake, born in September of 2016. Avery is active in FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Volleyball and strives to use his career in beach volleyball to share his testimony of God's grace, provision, and purpose in his life. He has a heart for leading youth in the South Bay to know their true identity in Christ and to live life with Him and their community to the fullest. Avery, Aly and Blake live in North Redondo Beach.

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