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.

  • Lead Campus 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, while attending Willow Creek Community Church. Their experience at Willow led John to believe not only in Jesus but in His church as well.  After serving for several years as a ministry leader in Willow’s young adult ministry, John and Aimee moved to Massachusetts in 1998 to be part of a church plant. He joined Highrock as the Young Adults Pastor in 2012, and now also leads Highrock’s MetroWest campus. He and his wife Aimee have three teenage children: Xander, Jasmine, and Eliza.

  • Associate 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
  • Associate 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.

He loves the outdoors, preparing and consuming coffee, 90's ska, and Cool Ranch Doritos. 

Ministry Staff

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Overseer Joseph Lee

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.

Photo of Overseer Ross Jones

Bio

Ross grew up in Connecticut and first moved to Boston in 1989. After earning his MBA at Stanford University, Ross and his wife Emily returned to Boston in 1993 and were members of the Park Street Church until 2003. During their time at Park Street, Ross and Emily served in a number of capacities, including as founders (Emily) of Park Street Kids/Park Street School, where Ross continues to serve on the Board of Visitors. After moving out of the city, Emily and Ross were deeply involved in the formation of Redeemer Community Church, where Ross served two 3-year terms as an Elder. Ross has spent his career in private equity and is currently a Managing Director at Berkshire Partners LLC in Boston.  Motivated by their faith and a commitment to the inherent dignity and common humanity of all people, Ross and Emily co-founded the Imago Dei Fund in 2009.  IDF invests around the world in visionary and impactful organizations working to advance universal human rights, gender balance, justice, and spiritual holism. Ross has traveled extensively internationally and enjoys a variety of sports including soccer, golf, tennis, skiing, and triathlons. Ross and Emily have lived in Needham since 1999 and have three children of high school and college ages.

Photo of Overseer Gina Bradley

Bio

Gina is a Massachusetts native and has lived in the Boston area for some time with her husband, Rob, and three children.  She and her family attended Redeemer Community Church for seven years before RCC became part of Highrock MetroWest's blended church family in 2017. At Highrock MetroWest, Gina is a musician in the Worship Band and serves on the Kidsrock core team.  In addition to walking in the joys and challenges of raising young children, Gina is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel of The Colony Group, a wealth management firm headquartered in Boston.  In a rare spare moment, Gina sneaks away for a piping hot cup of coffee to enjoy while reading a great piece of fiction.

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 Senior Mortgage Loan Originator at Berkshire 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.