Water’s Edge Community Church was founded by Pastor Randy Beck in 2007; they began to worship weekly in February 2008. Pastor Randy Beck accepted the Lord Jesus Christ in his heart as his lord and savior at the young at the age of 10. Pastor Beck reflects back on that day saying, “As the youngest of three, my older siblings had made that decision well before I was old enough to remember, so I struggled to surrender and say yes for a while. It was through this journey of struggling those months that the decision was anchored deep in my heart. When I finally said yes to the gift of His grace, I recall the overwhelming sense of being forgiven and knowing God’s peace in my life even as a child. I grew up in a family that was very involved and committed to the local church. My father served in volunteer roles from Bible Study Leader to leading worship in smaller churches. My mother was either at a piano or an organ every Sunday in my grade school years”.
The Calling to Preach
Pastor Beck goes on to say, “I surrendered to the call to Gospel Ministry at the age of 16. I walked this path with many mentors, including my sister who surrendered to the ministry while a student at Baylor. My call to ministry was a very convicting call, similar to my conversion. I was given opportunity to use my gifts early and serve through a great student ministry in those formative years. This calling early in my life provided a blessing of knowing the path God desired without a large wandering through college years. It allowed me to pursue early opportunities in volunteering and paid roles while in college as God opened door,” says Pastor Beck. So with that being said he accepted the call to preach the word of God.
Water’s Edge is a Southern Baptist Church, so doctrinally the church would be described as an evangelical church. In hopes the name helps to emphasize their focus more so in reaching the community than expressing their denomination. The church’s central mission is to Love God, Serve People and Share Christ. This is achieved uniquely in the church through values that drive Biblical Teaching, Authentic Community, Intentional Simplicity, Purposeful Stewardship and Strategic Missions.
Pastor Beck believes the gauge for success is not numerical growth alone, but along four criteria in the lives of those connected at Water’s Edge Community Church – A Deepening Devotion, An Active Compassion, An Expanding Influence, and A Faith-Filled Life. Each of these give a measure to gauge real impact made over just worship services being offered.
Pastor Becks goes on to say, “We were blessed to have great churches pour into us as ongoing sponsors early on, including Brazos Pointe Fellowship, Kingsland Baptist Church, and Houston’s First Baptist Church. Denominational support also provided resources from a state convention and a local association in San Felipe Baptist Association, which Randy serves currently as Moderator. Water’s Edge plays a prominent role in leading a collaboration of local churches across denominational lines in reaching the local area where Water’s Edge has been placed for the gospel. Christ Together Fort Bend links churches across Richmond, Rosenberg, Pecan Grove, Fulshear and even Simonton in demonstrating and communicating the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every man, woman and child in our given geography. Pastors are working currently at building a shared sermon series and collective target for ministry in our community for greater impact in the Kingdom than could be accomplished alone. More info at www.christtogetherfb.org, including a 31-day prayer app for our area.”
Dynamic Support System
Pastor Randy and Charny Beck married May 25, 1996. Pastor beck goes on to say that they meet in a youth group in high school and dated all through college. “Charny Beck is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and serves the church in more ways than could be described. Primarily, she gives wisdom and the capacity for care for so many, beyond the church and into the community. She contracts leading in various schools in resourcing children with special needs and the connection between a district and a family. Charny also offers services in private practice as a counselor with children, adolescents, and women. More info at www.charnybeck.com,” states Pastor Beck. They have four girls; Allyson is 15 and a freshman at Foster High School, who is said to be active on the JV Volleyball Team and eager to drive. Ashley is 14 and in eighth grade at Briscoe Junior High, active on Volleyball and Tennis Teams. Abby is 9 and in the third grade, and their youngest is Anna Kate is 7 and in first grade, both at Frost Elementary.
When asked Pastor Back what was his favorite scripture he replied, “Galatians 1:10, English Standard Version (ESV) For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ”. He begins to reflex on this scripture as to what it means to him and he replies, “I discovered this verse shortly after surrendering to the call of ministry. It reminded me then, and still to this day, that I serve God for His pleasure”. What a powerful word of God and to recall when entering ministry of any kind. It is for us to look to God, and not the approval man. After all it is through God and God alone that will allow us to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Please feel free to stop by and visit Water’s Edge they would love to have you join their services Sunday Mornings at 10:30 am located at 5503 FM 359, Suite F Richmond, TX 77406. If you have any questions at all please feel free to contact them at 832-344-2162, visit the website @ www.watersedgecc.com, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org