Craig Finnestad is our pastor. He is married to Amber and they have two sons: Benjamin and David. All four of them are regularly entertained and loved by their giant, black Newfoundland dog — Esther.
Craig served churches in Georgia, Iowa, and Texas before starting The Water’s Edge. He attended college, seminary, and graduate school at Drake University, Asbury Theological Seminary, and Emory University. His doctoral dissertation is on the use of humor in public speaking—something he attempts to regularly practice on Sundays.
Craig’s passions in ministry are listening to and praying for people; creating healthy systems where people can connect and grow; dreaming of new ways to serve poor and hurting people; and speaking at our worship experiences.
When Craig isn’t being a pastor, he enjoys running on dirt trails at Platte River State Park, taking pictures, and exploring new places with his family.