About The Water’s Edge Church

Our History

The Water’s Edge started our journey in 2005 when our first House Church (small group) began meeting in a crowded basement near 173rd and Harrison Street, with the dream of planting a church that would connect people in West Omaha, Gretna, Elkhorn, and beyond. In 2006, WE launched worship at Russell Middle School, and from 2007 to 2018, WE primarily met at Millard West High School. As the congregation expanded, additional worship times were added to accommodate everyone.


We purchased 26 acres of land in 2012 and built the first phase of our current facility, which WE moved into in March of 2018. As our church family grew, the building was expanded significantly in 2023. The property was developed and includes a community center, outdoor playground, pavilion, volleyball courts, a cornhole pit, a gaga ball pit, and a prayer path. The Water’s Edge Church is dedicated to serving the community and providing welcoming spaces for seekers, neighbors, groups, families, individuals, and children. Whether you are looking for a place to worship or simply a place to connect with others, WE exist for you.


Explore the rest of our website to get a better idea of who we are, but this pretty much sums who WE are:


WE worship God and seek to grow in our relationship with Him.


WE connect with others and seek to grow in our human relationships.


WE relentlessly invest in the next generation—children, students, and young adults.


WE are always seeking new ways to serve poor and hurting people.

Where does The Water’s Edge Come From?

Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. He taught them many things. – Mark 4:1-2

The crowd of people gathered at the water’s edge to hear the teachings of Jesus. They listened and their lives were different. And because their lives were different their families and cities were different.

Like the crowd, we gather at The Water’s Edge. We come as we are, and if you want to join us, hope you will do that same. Professionals and students. People new to any church and people who have been in the church as long as they can remember. Rich and poor. Young and old. We come as we are and encounter a God who meets us where we are.

Like the crowd, we hear the teachings of Jesus and we change more and more into His likeness. And because we change our families and our schools and our neighborhoods changes too.

We aren’t seeking to be perfect. Only better. More loving, more hopeful, more forgiving, more equipped to grow, more generous, more compassionate, and more full of grace. Better servants, better listeners, better parents, better friends, and better at dealing with whatever God throws at us.

We always have room for one more at The Water’s Edge.

Helpful Links

Mission, Vision, & Values

Get a better understanding of what it means to be a part of The Water’s Edge and what WE aspire to be.

Our Pastor

Learn more about our pastor, Craig Finnestad, and his background and experience.

Join Us for Worship

Get more details about what it’s like to spend a Sunday morning at The Water’s Edge.