Staff/Leadership

Photo of 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.

  • Cambridge Campus Lead Pastor

Bio

A Baltimore native, Walt attended the University of Maryland in College Park, where he met his wife Jen. They moved to Cambridge in 2009, and Walt joined the staff team at Highrock Cambridge in 2015. Prior to working at Highrock, he spent ten years on staff with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship serving college students in Washington, DC and Boston. He and Jen enjoy CrossFit, craft beer, museums, watching soccer, travel, and spending time with their daughter Rian and dog Dublin. Walt is pursuing graduate studies at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 

Kelly Shea
  • Worship Director

Bio

Kelly was raised in Connecticut, where she regularly attended Bethany Covenant Church. Moving to Pennsylvania to attend Messiah College, Kelly was the Worship Chaplain on campus and received a bachelor’s degree in Music and Worship with a Pre-Counseling and Therapy minor in 2018. Now at Highrock, Kelly is eager to engage with the community and join us in worship and fellowship. She loves good company, and is always up for a meal or coffee and conversation.  

  • Worship Leader

Bio

Emmanuel was born and raised in the United Arab Emirates, and is a proud Filipino. He came to the USA to attend Tufts University, and he's starting to catch himself calling Greater Boston "home." Emmanuel is passionate about music and its role in corporate worship. He started singing and playing in worship bands when he was a teenager in Dubai, and he got plugged into Highrock's worship ministry in 2013. When he isn't helping out with worship, he's either riding his bike, climbing plastic, or trying to salvage some use out of his Mechanical Engineering degree in the tech startup world.

  • 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.