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. 

  • Highrock Cambridge Worship Director

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.

Kelly Shea
  • Worship Leader/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.  

  • Strategic Outreach Director
  • International Ministry & Missions

Bio

Carmen’s family came to the United States as refugees and settled on a Native American reservation in North Dakota and Minnesota. In this context, she began to understand the impact of "freedom" and her passion for other cultures was born, leading her to become an ESL teacher early in her career. In 2011, she moved to Boston and pursued both a Masters of Social Work and an MBA in order to better empower the most vulnerable, including women trapped in human trafficking. In her role at Highrock, Carmen looks forward to serving as a catalyst for people of all nations to know and experience complete freedom in God. Beware of her (loud!) laughter, which is most frequently heard while sharing ice cream, sunsets, and bike rides!

  • 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.