Staff/Leadership

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.

  • Campus Lead

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 has a Masters in Theology from 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.  

  • 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.

Michelle Sanchez
  • Revelation 7 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.

Prashan De Visser
  • Revelation 7 Faculty

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.

Kristian Hernandez
  • Revelation 7 Faculty

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.

Dani Kilgore
  • Revelation 7 Faculty

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. 

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.