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 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!

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 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.

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. 

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.

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.