Staff/Leadership

Pastoral Staff

Photo of Dave Swaim

Bio

Raised just a few miles from Highrock, Dave is a local. Though he lived nine years in Virginia and two overseas, when he returned to Boston for graduate school he was home to stay. Dave and his wife Michelle started dating in high school, and they now have eleven children adopted from all over the world. Dave served several wonderful churches before coming to Highrock in 2000, but hopes to stay here forever.

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  • Spiritual Formation

Bio

Adele has worked as a missionary, InterVarsity staff member, wife, mother, artist, spiritual director, college professor, author, icon writer, healing prayer minister, pilgrimage leader, and pastor. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is adjunct faculty for Selah (a Spiritual Direction Training program). She has authored numerous books (The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, True You, Women & Identity, and others) and regularly speaks at retreats and conferences. Adele’s passion is for people to move beyond religion to a connection with Jesus that unites both their head and their heart in service and love of others.

Adele her husband Doug are certified Enneagram trainers and have presented workshops and retreats together in the US, Europe, and the Caribbean. They serve as adjunct faculty for The Transforming Center (IL) and the Soul Care Institute (CO). Having recently retired from co-pastoring Redeemer Community Church in Needham, Adele and Doug now serve Highrock as co-pastors of Spiritual Formation. They have been married over 40 years and have two children.

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  • Spiritual Formation

Bio

Doug brings over 40 years of pastoral ministry experience to his teaching and training: 12 years with university students here and overseas with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and over 30 years in churches in Boston and Chicago. He received his Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a spiritual director and retreat speaker. Doug has also served in missions around the world, overseen the formation of short-term mission programs, and now serves as board chair for Del Camino Connection. Doug’s passion is to wed the “being” of our deepening heart’s transformation in Christ with the missional “doing” that impacts the whole world with the love and grace of Jesus.

Doug and his wife Adele are certified Enneagram trainers and have presented workshops and retreats together in the US, Europe, and the Caribbean. They serve as adjunct faculty for The Transforming Center (IL) and the Soul Care Institute (CO). Having recently retired from co-pastoring Redeemer Community Church in Needham, Doug and Adele now serve Highrock as co-pastors of Spiritual Formation. They have been married over 40 years and have two children.

 

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  • Marriage
  • Family

Bio

Brian grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He came to the Boston area in 1999 to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. After working at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA, for seven years as the Middle School Pastor, he joined the Highrock team in September 2009. Brian and his wife Heather have been serving together in ministry ever since 2002, and have a huge love for teens and families! They have three kids: Abby, Lydia, and Caleb.  Aside from his family, Brian's other loves include playing ultimate frisbee, basketball, and pretty much any kind of game such as Settlers or Pictionary. He is also a huge fan of vanilla frappes and the Cheesecake Factory!

Deandre Dukes
  • Youth

Bio

A native of Atlanta, Georgia and the sixth of nine members in his family, Deandre is relocating from Durham, North Carolina, where he completed his Masters of Divinity. Deandre has worked in youth ministry for the last ten years in many different capacities and across four different states, and is excited about diving into the rich history that Boston has to offer. When Deandre is not working you can find him smoking meat, baking a homemade pie, or sipping on a nice hot cup of coffee. 

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  • Worship Production
  • Men's Community

Bio

Chris lives in Arlington with his wife Sara and their three daughters: Morgan, Trinity, and Ryder. The Gredeniuses are a family who love to surf, bike, and ski together. Chris’ ideal morning is changing from pajamas into a wetsuit for a sunrise surf session, and then cleaning up to head off to work. Born and raised in the Midwest, Chris went to North Park University and Seminary in Chicago. He served in camping ministry and three other churches before joining the Highrock team.

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  • Teaching Pastor
  • Young Adult Community

Bio

Made in Korea but born in the USA, John grew up in north-central New Jersey. Ever the skeptic, he didn’t become a believer until his first semester at Carnegie-Mellon in Pittsburgh, where he connected with Intervarsity. Even after giving his life to Christ, his theological and scientific questions only deepened. This quest for answers led him to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies in philosophy and theology, respectively, at Wheaton College in Illinois. He met his wife, Aimee, at a local church where they served in the young adult ministry. Their passion to serve led them to Massachusetts in 1998 to be part of a church plant. John later joined Highrock as a pastor to young adults in 2012, and now also serves Highrock's MetroWest campus as a teaching pastor. He and his wife Aimee have three teenage children: Xander, Jasmine, and Eliza.

  • Welcome

Bio

Kim was born and raised in small towns in Northern California, but has since lived in Southern California, Switzerland, the San Francisco Bay Area, and North Carolina. She is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have four deeply loved children. She has been an elementary school teacher, a preschool teacher, and the Director for Connections at her former church in North Carolina. She obtained a Masters degree in Spiritual Formation from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, and is passionate about connecting people to God and to one another.

Ministry Staff

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  • Operations Director
  • Highrock Network Director

Bio

From Milwaukee, WI, Drew attended Boston University for his undergraduate degree. There he rowed for the crew team, helped launch the Navigator campus ministry, and met his wife Caren.  They got married and moved to Michigan, where they had four kids: Annica, Garrett, Nora, & Elias. Drew’s career started in youth ministry with F.O.C.U.S., followed by nine years at Genesis the Church as the Executive Pastor. He got an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and is passionate about discipleship, developing leaders in ministry, and excellence in church organization. Drew is excited about the strategic mission of Highrock! When he is not working, Drew enjoys Crossfit, a cold beer with friends, and adventures with his family.

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  • Finance Director

Bio

Shawn is a Massachusetts native from the North Shore. She married her wonderful husband, Lewis, at Highrock in 2015 and they now have two adorably rambunctious little rescue dogs, Tug and Gus. She has been attending Highrock since 2012 and has been on staff since 2015, expanding her role to the Highrock Network in 2018. Her passions include the New England Patriots, dance, the ocean, dive bars, and 90’s boy bands.

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  • Human Resources Director
  • Membership Coordinator

Bio

Katie is a local, growing up just 20 minutes from Highrock. Katie stumbled into large church administration after studying music education. She believes that good organizational systems are highly relational, in that they allow us to better serve and care for our communities, and has found this belief to be a great fit for church work. Katie and her husband Tim joined Highrock in 2008. After eight years working for the largest Episcopal church in Massachusetts, Katie joined the staff of the Highrock Network and Highrock Arlington in 2015. Katie enjoys have a foot in both parts of the Highrock community, supporting the members of Highrock Arlington as well as the growth and development of the whole Highrock family of churches. Katie and Tim have two sons, born in 2011 and 2014, and have a home that is always full of music.

Sandy Gannon
  • Church Administrator

Bio

Sandy comes to Highrock as a lifetime member of Trinity Covenant Church, the former home of Highrock Lexington. She has served as a leader in many areas of the church, including MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), the children's ministry, and Mission and Outreach. As part of her missions work, Sandy visited Uganda for the first time in 2008, where she made a promise to God and the children of Bakka that she would work every day of her life to make their lives better. She later became the Co-founder and Executive Director of Kisoboka Uganda, Inc., and continues that work today at Highrock Lexington. Sandy and her husband Frank live in Waltham and have three adult children, Matthew, Julie, and Jenny.

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  • Worship & Arts Director

Bio

Originally from Queens, NY, Koo moved to Boston in the fall of 2013 with his wife Jinny. For many years, Koo was a full time singer-songwriter who recorded several albums and toured around the US, performing with his band and other independent artists.  Throughout his music career, worshiping God and leading others in worship has always been a priority and one of his biggest passions. Koo is thankful he gets to do that every week along with his amazing partners in ministry at Highrock. Outside of church, he spends most of his time with his family, discovering good eats in Boston, and looking for the best coffee he can find to get him through his first few years of parenthood.  

Roberto Flores
  • Video Tech Director

Bio

Roberto comes to Highrock from Willow Creek Community Church in his hometown, Chicago (Go Bears!). He has served in a number of technology roles, bringing extensive experience in video, lighting, and sound to the Worship Production team. His primary passion is for working with video as a platform for storytelling, especially as a means to raise awareness for social justice. He and his wife Vivian have two daughters; both girls are gamers who have yet to beat their dad in a game, try as they might!

  • Social Media Director

Bio

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  • Women's Community Director
  • Spiritual Formation Director

Bio

Originally from the area, Abby lives locally with her husband, Scott, and daughter Margaret. She has a degree in English from Ithaca College and has experience working in both non-profit and corporate sectors. A life-long learner, she is currently working on her Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Abby is passionate about relational ministry and spiritual formation. She enjoys making bread, trying new hobbies, and getting outdoors with her family.

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  • Strategic Outreach Director
  • International Ministry & Missions

Bio

Carmen’s family came to the United States as refugees and settled on a Native American reservation in North Dakota and Minnesota. In this context, she began to understand the impact of "freedom" and her passion for other cultures was born, leading her to become an ESL teacher early in her career. In 2011, she moved to Boston and pursued both a Masters of Social Work and an MBA in order to better empower the most vulnerable, including women trapped in human trafficking. In her role at Highrock, Carmen looks forward to serving as a catalyst for people of all nations to know and experience complete freedom in God. Beware of her (loud!) laughter, which is most frequently heard while sharing ice cream, sunsets, and bike rides!

Joe Marcucci
  • Hospitality Ministry Director
  • Community Outreach Director
  • Facilities

Bio

A part of Highrock since 2010 and a member of staff since 2018, Joe has worn - and continues to wear - many hats at our church. Joe’s primary spiritual interests include taking the gospel out of the church to those who live on the margins, and learning to follow Jesus through every season, challenge, and opportunity in life. Prior to joining staff, Joe worked for a non-profit transportation company that serves the needs of senior citizens and persons with disabilities, and served as a local church pastor for 24 years. Joe and his wife Lissa have seven grown children and three grandchildren. Rarely comfortable sitting still, Joe enjoys walking, biking, hiking, high school sports, and chasing his grandchildren, though he has given up on trying to beat his sons in basketball.

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  • Young Adults Director
  • Elementary School Director, Kidsrock

Bio

Born in South Korea, Justin immigrated to the States when he was nine years old. He grew up in New Jersey and came to the Boston area to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He graduated in 2015 and serves as the elementary ministries director for Kidsrock. During his free time, he loves playing sports, going to the beach, and watching movies and food network shows.

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  • Middle School Director

Bio

Born and raised in upstate New York, Michael joined the Highrock team in September 2016. He currently attends Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary where he will receive a Master of Theology and Master of Religion degree in May 2020. Michael married his high school sweetheart, Grace, and both now serve on staff in the Highrock Network! They have two spunky daughters: Kiah Joy and Jianah Kara. Aside from spending time with his family, Michael loves sports, listening to a great podcast, spending time with friends, watching movies, and eating great food!

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  • Early Childhood Director, Kidsrock
  • Anchor/Spiritual Guides

Bio

You won’t talk to Carolyn for long before discovering she is Canadian, either by the “eh?” that often ends her sentences or her fondness for the metric system. She grew up 100 kms (60 miles) from the Canadian Rockies and moved to Boston with her husband Eliud and daughter Mayeesha in 2010. Carolyn completed graduate programs in children’s literature and human resources, and has worked in both the non-profit and corporate worlds. Ministry is a new gig for her as an occupation but not as a passion. She dreamed about being a missionary since the 3rd grade and had her heart set on bible college after high school.  When not in the hallways of Highrock, you can find Carolyn wrangling her three kids, outside enjoying nature, taking advantage of the many facilities at the YMCA, eating dark chocolate, or experimenting with healthy baking recipes.

Jill Swilling
  • Family Ministry Assistant

Bio

Jill spent time in the Midwest, New England, and the South before making the Boston area home. She currently resides in Winchester with her husband Nathan and two kids, Sydney and Jayden. After 10 years of working as a physical therapist, 8 years of being a stay-at-home mom and volunteering at Highrock and her kids’ school, she joined the Highrock staff to do what she absolutely loves: planning, coordinating, and supporting others. Her unofficial title, “Keeper of the Kidsrock Closets”, may not come with a crown and sash, but she happily bears it, knowing that a well organized ministry can be a blessing to alI. In her free time Jill enjoys baking, crafting, reading, and spending time with her family.

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  • MomsRock Director

Bio

Michelle grew up in Greater Boston, and while she enjoyed living in Virginia during college, she loves being back home. She and Dave had their first date at the Burlington Mall when she was 15 years old, and after 25 years of marriage they still go on dates there! After earning a Bachelors in Religion and studying New Testament Greek, Michelle served in ministry with Dave before returning to get a Masters at Boston University. Above all else, Michelle has a passion for her 11 kids, her husband, and for following Jesus no matter what!

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  • Resident Theologian & Ministry Director

Bio

Scott lives in Arlington with his spouse, Abby, and their two daughters. He and Abby moved to Boston in 2012, and have been involved at Highrock ever since. Scott has worked as a Young Life staff member and adjunct faculty in Theology at Emmanuel College and Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School. He attended Princeton Theological Seminary and Harvard Divinity School, where he completed his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Theology respectively. At Highrock Scott serves as the Resident Theologian for Theology Lab and Adult Christian Formation and as the Ministry Director for the Young Marrieds Community. His passion is for people to discover theological learning in a way that is both accessible and inspires greater intimacy with and love for God and neighbor. Scott's interests include the doctrine of the Trinity, rainbow trout, and being outdoors with Abby and the girls. 

  • Church Administrator

Bio

Ally started attending Highrock at the Quincy location in 2014. Trained as a biologist, she has worked in several Boston research labs, but turned in her lab coat to focus on raising her children when her first child was born in 2017. Prior to working as the Church Administrator at Highrock, she served at Highrock Metrowest and before that at Highrock Quincy in a similar capacity. She loves supporting pastors in organizational tasks so that they can minister to their congregations in meaningful ways. Ally lives in Burlington with her husband and two children. 

The Council

Photo of Dave Swaim
  • Ex-Officio

Bio

Raised just a few miles from Highrock, Dave is a local. Though he lived nine years in Virginia and two overseas, when he returned to Boston for graduate school he was home to stay. Dave and his wife Michelle started dating in high school, and they now have eleven children adopted from all over the world. Dave served several wonderful churches before coming to Highrock in 2000, but hopes to stay here forever.

Zeb Egbert
  • Chair

Bio

Originally from Ohio, Zeb and his wife April moved to Massachusetts in January 2007 and started attending Highrock that October. Zeb has been actively involved in many ministries at the church including the Building Committee, Spiritual Guides, Highrock Means Business, Open Door Ministry (ODM), and Kidsrock. Zeb currently works at Tatum, a national professional services firm, as Office Managing Partner. Zeb truly enjoys helping others grow and develop and is a mentor at YearUp, an organization helping underprivileged youth learn professional skills and gain access to the greater business community. He spends most of his free time with his family but also enjoys building new gadgets, hitting the beach, or enjoying the outdoors. 

Ezer Lee

Bio

Ezer hails from the suburbs in Maryland and has attended Highrock since 2011. Holding a degree in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, Ezer is currently a Private Mortgage Banker at Wells Fargo Private Bank. Passionate about furthering His Kingdom, Ezer is slowly pursuing his Master of Divinity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. Ezer served on Highrock staff as the director for Young Adults (2014-2016) and has led various Small Groups. In his free time, he enjoys hosting people in his home, "The Essex House", a Highrock Cambridge community in Central Square. 

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Bio

Joe has been attending Highrock since 2000.  He grew up in New York City and Los Angeles, but has lived in the Boston area for over 30 years. Joe earned degrees from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health, and currently has a dental practice in Wellesley. As one of the founding members of The Highrock Network of Churches, Joe currently serves as the Chair of the Highrock Network Board. Joe is passionate about healthy church growth and church planting.  At Highrock Arlington, Joe had served as Chair of the Pastoral Care Committee, Capital Campaign Chair, as a small group leader, and as a Sunday School teacher. Joe lives in Wellesley with his wife  Julie and three children: Joshua, Jacqueline, and Jeremy. When not working, he cheers for his home teams: the Red Sox and Patriots.

Larry Andrews

Bio

Larry has been attending Highrock Arlington with his wife Sharry for nine years. He has a passion to serve the underserved and the unreached and has served in a number of ministries including Missions, Tokyo Life Church Support, Summer Blast, Japanese Ministry, For Men Only (FMO), and Highrock Means Business. Larry is President and CEO of Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, a non-profit organization that provides inclusive resources to underserved small businesses throughout the Commonwealth. Larry and Sharry enjoy serving together at church and the Andrews children have been actively involved at Highrock Arlington and Acton.

Michelle Sanchez

Bio

Michelle is familiar to many of us at Highrock as the former pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Arlington, and is now returning as the Faculty Chair of the Revelation 7 Cohort. Michelle currently serves in our denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), as the Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples. The ECC is well-known as one of the most ethnically diverse denominations in North America, and Michelle is honored to serve as the senior Black woman. The ECC’s impactful racial discipleship programs (including Justice Journey for KidsSankofaJourney to Mosaic, and Invitation to Racial Righteousness) have been well-regarded for years. 

Michelle has also served in leadership for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. She speaks regularly on discipleship, evangelism, race, and multiethnicity; is a columnist for Outreach Magazine; and is currently completing her first book on antiracist discipleship.

Bio

Born and raised in Colorado and married in Canada, Mike has lived in MetroWest for nearly 20 years. He taught European history at Wellesley College and Tufts University before moving in 2012 to Boston Trinity Academy. He enjoys skiing, playing music and travel. Together with his wife Katie, Mike has lived in Austria, France, Germany, Canada, and the United States. Their three out-of-the-nest children (Brendan, Mary Kate, and Sophie) are now happily sowing their wild oats worldwide.

Sandi Norman

Bio

Sandi grew up outside Detroit and attended Wheaton College in Illinois. After college, she returned to the Detroit area where she worked as a television producer and met her husband Mark. Sandi became a stay-at-home mom as their young family made several moves around the Midwest. In 2008, Mark’s job brought the Normans to Boston. They discovered Highrock Arlington on their second Sunday in Massachusetts and made the drive from Needham to Arlington for 9 years. In 2017, Sandi and her family became part of Highrock MetroWest. Sandi served on the transition team for Highrock MetroWest and has been a leader in MomsRock at Highrock Arlington and MetroWest. Sandi’s favorite place is on a boat, preferably with Mark and their four children.

Revelation 7 Faculty

Michelle Sanchez
  • Faculty Chair

Bio

Michelle is familiar to many of us at Highrock as the former pastor of Christian Formation and Mission at Highrock Arlington. Michelle currently serves in our denomination, the Evangelical Covenant Church (ECC), as the Executive Minister of Make and Deepen Disciples. The ECC is well-known as one of the most ethnically diverse denominations in North America, and Michelle is honored to serve as the senior Black woman. The ECC’s impactful racial discipleship programs (including Justice Journey for KidsSankofaJourney to Mosaic, and Invitation to Racial Righteousness) have been well-regarded for years. 

Michelle has also served in leadership for the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization and worked as an investment banker for Goldman, Sachs & Co. She speaks regularly on discipleship, evangelism, race, and multiethnicity; is a columnist for Outreach Magazine; and is currently completing her first book on antiracist discipleship.

Dani Kilgore

Bio

Originally from Dallas, Dani moved to Atlanta for college and ended up staying for 17 years, serving in ministry as a Youth Pastor, Worship Leader, and church marketing. Now the Pastor of Outreach and Missions at Marin Covenant Church in San Rafael, CA, Dani and her husband William have been married for 10 years and have a beautiful five year old daughter, Harper.

Dani has a heart for justice and feels that God has equipped her to relate to all people so that they might experience God’s love. 

Bio

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio and still an avid Cleveland sports fan, Jua moved to Boston in 2006 to plant a multi-ethnic church in Roxbury. He is currently the Co-founder and Managing Partner of the Boston Collaborative, an organization focused on helping workplace Christians better connect to each other and to unacceptable realities within Boston. He also serves as a church planting catalyst with SEND Boston and on the directional team of Greater Things for Greater Boston. He and his wife Regina have been married for 18 years and have four children.

Jua speaks frequently in settings including churches, podcasts, college campuses, professional sports teams, and on various media outlets about urban ministry, missions, leadership, reconciliation, and justice. He has a passion to see the bride of Christ become more known for what it is for rather than against. 

Kristian Hernandez

Bio

Kristian serves as the Lead Pastor of Hope Astoria Church in Queens, NY, and has been a guest preacher at Highrock. With a heart for preaching from a deep place of encounter with Christ and a faithful study of Scripture, Kristian is the founder of the Kerygma Group (a coaching resource for preachers) and the author of Beholding and Proclaiming, a well-respected text for training the next generation of preachers.

Kristian and his family live in Rockaway, NY, and enjoy the beach whenever they can.

Prashan De Visser

Bio

Prashan hails from Colombo, Sir Lanka. Having grown up in the midst of a three decade long civil war, the Lord led him to lead a youth movement for reconciliation in the country. Today, Global Unites is the largest peace movement in Sri Lanka and has expanded to include 13 nations. 

Prashan has been part of the Highrock community since his college years in Boston, and has been a guest preacher at many of our locations.

Richard Lee

Bio

A former pastor of Bethany Well Church (and a former Highrock intern in 2003-2005!), Richard has been speaking at churches across the nation on justice and the Church for the last 20 years. He is the host of The Pursuit with Richard Lee, a podcast of unfiltered conversations with faith leaders about their journey to pursue God, and has contributed on churchleaders.com and medium.com. Be sure to check out his 2017 TED talk "Slavery Still Exists. Here’s How to End It".
 
In his current role as Global Officer of Public Engagement with International Justice Mission (IJM), he trains and equips IJM staff and survivors to carry the message of ending injustice on the global stage. Richard also serves as an advisory board member for One Days Wages, a global poverty organization.

Richard resides in New Jersey with his wife Theresa and their two children.