Pastor’s Welcome

Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ!

My name is Rev. Ricky Howell and I am incredibly blessed to serve as the pastor of Waters Edge (WE). I first discerned a call to ministry while pursuing a degree in Sequential Art (drawing comic books and cartoons) at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).  This call led me to Duke Divinity School where I attained my Masters of Divinity and met my wife, Shawn.  Now I can preach about Jesus and draw him, too!

Shawn (who also has a Masters of Divinity, BTW) has extensive experience in Christian Education and Children’s Ministry. In recent years she’s devoted herself to caring for our 2 children, Ethan and Finley. Beaufort has long been our favorite vacation spot, so our whole family is excited to be a part of this wonderful community.

Waters Edge is my 4th appointment following 15 years of ministry throughout South Carolina.  Most recently I served as the Campus Minister of the Winthrop Wesley Foundation at Winthrop University in Rock Hill. My time ministering to college students has profoundly influenced the way I view (and do) church, growing within me a heart for those who’ve been wounded by the Church or who’ve struggled to feel “at home” in traditional church settings. If you give us a chance, you’ll find that the same heart beats within our WE church family. Whoever you are and wherever you’ve been, you are welcome at Waters Edge!

Blessings and Peace,
Rev. Ricky Howell
Pastor, Waters Edge UMC

Rev. Ricky Howell with his daughter Finlay.