Staff/Leadership

Pastoral Staff

Photo of Senior Pastor Dave Swaim
  • Senior Pastor

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.

  • Interim Lead Pastor

Bio

Meghan was born and raised in Chicago, but has found Highrock to be a wonderful home away from home. She grew up in the Evangelical Covenant Church, a daughter of a worship leader and the church chairman- being a pastor was the last thing she wanted for her "grown up" life! God, however, had other plans! graduated from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago and followed the call to the Boston area to serve at Highrock. She currently serves as an associate pastor of Highrock MetroWest. She feels especially called to the work of making the Church accessible to all, and to help promote voices that often go unheard. Meghan and her husband Brad have two boys, Brady and Lucas, and live in Waltham, which they love for it's diversity, running paths and restaurant scene. If they're not at church or school, you'll find their family at the gym or watching baseball (Go Cubs Go!). To set up a time to meet or chat with Pastor Meghan, schedule an appointment here!

Photo of Pastor Ryan P. Marshall
  • Connections & Worship Pastor

Bio

Ryan had been serving at Redeemer Community Church since 2011 in several roles including Youth Pastor and Music Director when the conversation about Highrock adopting his congregation began in 2016. Throughout the transition from RCC to Highrock MetroWest he has continued as a jack-of-all-trades supporting the unfolding community in Needham.

Andrea married Ryan in 2005 and they have three children; Lukas, Holly, and Benjamin. Their family frequents the pizza joints, libraries, and wooded trails of MetroWest.

Ryan oversees the planning and production of our Sunday morning worship services, leads the Anchor Community, and is the Race Director for the Jog for Joy. 

  • Teaching Pastor

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 Arlington 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.

Ministry Staff

Grace Taber
  • Kidsrock Director

Bio

Originally from the MetroWest area, Grace grew up as a “military brat”. She moved all around, spending time in Maine, Georgia, Korea, and New York before finding her way back to Massachusetts for college. Shortly after graduation she married her high school sweetheart Michael, and started working as a preschool teacher. A year and a half later, they welcomed their first child, Kiah, into their family. Grace joined the Highrock team in 2018 and loves children and serving the church. When she isn’t busy being a mom, she enjoys visiting family and friends, exploring the North Shore, and getting her craft on.

Michael Taber
  • Middle School Director

Bio

Born and raised in upstate New York, Michael joined the Highrock team in September, 2016. He served on staff at a church plant in Buffalo, NY, before moving out to Boston to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Michael married his high school sweetheart, Grace, in the summer of 2016 and both love serving together in Middle School Youth Group! Outside of school and spending time with his wife, Michael loves playing basketball, reading a good book, spending time with friends, watching movies, and eating great food.

Doug Meppelink
  • High School Director

Bio

Doug is a Massachusetts native from the town of Chelmsford, and started regularly attending Highrock as a ministry intern in 2014. He graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 2018, and is excited to help lead teens to know and experience God's love for them. In his free time, Doug loves drinking coffee and reading, getting caught up on his favorite shows, and spending time with family.

Overseers

Photo of Senior Pastor Dave Swaim
  • Senior Pastor
  • Overseer 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. 

Photo of Overseer Gary Sing
  • Secretary

Bio

Gary moved to Boston in 2005, and has been attending Highrock Arlington since 2009.  He has served in various capacities while at Highrock, including music team member, Sunday service coordinator, high school tutor, and Christmas concert video producer.  Gary currently works for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a member of the team that is restructuring MassHealth (the state's Medicaid program), and previously worked as a strategy consultant in the life sciences industry.  He was heavily involved with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University, where he earned a PhD in Engineering Sciences with a focus on computational neuroscience, and at Duke University, where he earned dual bachelor degrees in biomedical engineering and electrical engineering. Gary grew up in St. Louis, MO and, along with his identical twin brother, still carries around a relatively un-bandwagon-y love for his hometown St. Louis Cardinals.

Photo of Overseer Joy Huang

Bio

Joy has been attending Highrock Church since her very first Sunday in Boston, back in 2003! It is very important to her that you understand that she became a Red Sox fan back in 2003, before they won the World Series in 2004. She has now lived in the Boston area longer than she has lived anywhere else in her life, but she still thinks of Cleveland, OH, as "home home", since it is where she went to high school and where her parents still live.  After studying chemistry at Cornell University and Princeton University, she spent a year in Taiwan with OMF International.  She currently works as a Sr. Clinical Research Associate for Bayer. In her spare time, she co-captains for The Boat for Kids Who Don't Paddle Good (a dragon boat team) and occasionally updates her food blog, The Cooking of Joy. She has been a SoulFood captain for many years, and has been one of the masterminds behind the fresh-baked cookies at many a Christmas concert over the years.

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.

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.