Our Staff

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Dave Swaim
Lead Pastor

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.

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Eugene Kim
Executive Pastor

Pastor Eugene has served on staff at Highrock since the fall of 2002. He grew up in Queens, NY and also lived in Seoul, Korea in High School. A graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Eugene wears many hats at Highrock including preaching, leading worship, and managing the systems and staff of the church. He describes himself as Dave’s opposite, which has made the two of them a great team over the years. He spends his time outside of church with his wife Alice, and making his three kids, Owen, Evan and Emelie laugh. 

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Chris Gredenius
Pastor of The Mill and Men's Ministry

Chris lives in Arlington with his wife Sara, and their three daughters, Morgan, Trinity, and Ryder.  The Gredeniuses are a family who love to surf, bike, and ski together.  Chris’ ideal morning is changing from pajamas into a wetsuit for a sunrise surf session, and then cleaning up to head off to work.

Born and raised in the Midwest, Chris went to North Park University and Seminary in Chicago.  He has served in camping ministry and three other churches before joining the Highrock team. 

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John Mury
Young Adult Pastor

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 at Wheaton College in Illinois. He met his wife, Aimee, while attending Willow Creek Community Church.  Their experience at Willow finally 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 start-up called Beacon Community Church. John served as a pastor at Beacon since 1999 and is very excited about his new role at Highrock. His family loves Highrock, too, including Aimee and their children Xander (11), Jazzie (10), and Eliza (8).

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Brian Dietz
Youth & Family Pastor

Brian grew up in Pittsburgh, PA. He came out to the Boston area in 1999 for seminary at Gordon-Conwell. After working at Grace Chapel in Lexington, MA for seven years as the Middle School Pastor, he joined the Highrock team in September 2009. Brian and his wife Heather have been serving together in ministry ever since 2002 and have a huge love for teens and families! They have three kids, Abby, Lydia and Caleb.  Aside from his family, Brian's other loves include playing ultimate frisbee, basketball, and pretty much any kind of game such as Settlers or Pictionary. He is also a huge fan of vanilla frappes and the Cheesecake Factory!

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Walt Quick
Director of Highrock Cambridge

A Baltimore native, Walt attended the University of Maryland in College Park where he met his wife Jen. Prior to coming on staff with Highrock, he spent ten years InterVarsity Christian Fellowship as a Campus Staff and an Area Director. In 2009, Walt and Jen moved to Cambridge for Jen's graduate education, and they began attending Highrock shortly thereafter. Walt didn't think Highrock could get any better until the Highrock launched a campus in Cambridge, right in his backyard. He and Jen have been thrilled to be a part of that community and mission ever since. He likes nothing more than enjoying good food and drink with friends, and is pursuing graduate studies through Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. 

Koo Chung
Worship Director

Koo, originally from New York, moved to Boston in the fall of 2013 with his wife Jinny.  For many years, Koo was a full time singer-songwriter who recorded several albums and toured around the US performing with his band and other independent artists.  Throughout his music career, worshiping God and leading others through it has always been a priority, and one of his biggest passions.  Koo is thankful he gets to do that every week along with his amazing partners in ministry at Highrock.  Outside of church, he spends most of his time with his family, discovering good eats in Boston, and looking for the best coffee he can find to get him through his first few years of parenthood.  

Drew Hunter
Operations Director

From Milwaukee WI, Drew attended Boston University for his undergraduate degree. There he rowed for the crew team, helped launch the Navigator campus ministry and met his wife Caren.  They got married and moved to Michigan where they had four kids; Annica, Garrett, Nora & Elias.  Drew began in his career in youth ministry with F.O.C.U.S., before working nine years at Genesis the Church as the Executive Pastor.  He got an MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and is passionate about discipleship, developing leaders in ministry and excellence in church organization.  Drew is excited about the strategic mission of Highrock!  When he is not working, Drew enjoys Crossfit, a cold beer with friends and adventures with his family.  

Shawn Evans
Church Administrator

Shawn is a Massachusetts native who grew up on the North Shore. She attended Gordon College where she received her BA in English Language & Literature with a focus in Creative Writing. Shawn began attending Highrock in the summer of 2012 and has since been involved as a Small Group Leader, a Spiritual Guide and most recently as Highrock's Church Administrator. Shawn married her wonderful husband, Lewis, this past October at Highrock.

 

 

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Justin Choi
Kidsrock Director (Elementary)

Born in South Korea, Justin immigrated to the States when he was nine years old. He grew up in New Jersey and came to the Boston area to attend Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He graduated in 2015 and serves as the elementary ministries director for Kidsrock! During his free time, he loves playing sports, going to the beach, and watching movies and food network shows. 

Abby Rice
Christian Formation and Missions Assistant

Originally from the area, Abby moved back to Boston in 2012 with her husband, Scott. She has a degree in English from Ithaca College as well as experience working in the non-profit and corporate worlds. Abby is passionate about relational ministry and social justice. Abby and Scott are learning the ropes as new parents to their daughter, Margaret. She loves walking with her family, running and reading non-fiction.

Kohei Takeda
Japanese Ministry Director

Kohei was born and raised in Japan. Though he spent few years in Los Angeles during his early childhood, he came to the States in 2013 for the first time in 25 years to pursue theological education at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Before coming to Boston, he worked in Tokyo as a researcher in pharmaceutical industry. Although he had a great passion for medicine working as a researcher and doctor, Kohei has been called by God to serve as a pastor in Japan. He currently engages in the Japanese ministry at Highrock. Kohei and his wife, Akiko now enjoy their life in New England with their two-year-old son, Akashi, especially visiting beautiful places in the Boston area.

Edwin Menon
Welcoming and High School Director

Edwin was originally born in Singapore. His mother is Chinese and his father is Indian therefore officially classifying him as a “Chindian”. He came to America at the age of seven and grew up in Brookline Massachusetts. He later returned to Singapore at the age of eighteen in order to fulfill his military duties.  Edwin served as a public High School Mathematics teacher in the town of Hull Massachusetts before coming to Highrock.  In his spare time Edwin loves to fish, make buffet restaurant owners sweat when he shows up, and occasionally stunt doubles for the Hulk.

Ezer Lee
Young Adult Ministry Director

Hailing from the DMV (DC, MD, VA), God led Ezer to Highrock in 2011. Graduating from the University of Maryland in College Park, Ezer currently works in mortgage financing. Following a life-long calling into ministry, Ezer is pursuing his Master of Divinity degree at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Catch him serving at the YAM's Friday Night Fellowship (FNF) or playing sports after second service! 

 

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Doug & Adele Calhoun
Co-Pastors of Spiritual Formation
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Doug brings over forty years of pastoral ministry experience to his teaching and training—twelve years with university students here and overseas with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and over thirty years in churches in Boston and Chicago. He received his M.Div. and D.Min. from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is a spiritual director and retreat speaker. Doug has also served in missions around the world, overseen the formation of short-term mission programs, and now serves as board chair for Del Camino Connection. Doug’s passion is to wed the “being” of our deepening heart’s transformation in Christ with the missional “doing” that impacts the whole world with the love and grace of Jesus.

Adele has worked as a missionary, InterVarsity staff member, wife, mother, artist, spiritual director, college professor, author, icon writer, healing prayer minister, pilgrimage leader, and pastor. She is a graduate of the University of Colorado and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and is adjunct faculty for Selah (a Spiritual Direction Training program). She has authored numerous books (The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, True You, Women & Identity, and others) and regularly speaks at retreats and conferences. Adele’s passion is for people to move beyond religion to a connection with Jesus that unites both their head and their heart in service and love of others.

Doug and Adele are certified Enneagram trainers and have presented workshops and retreats together in the US, Europe, and the Caribbean. They serve as adjunct faculty for The Transforming Center (IL) and the Soul Care Institute (CO). Having recently retired from co-pastoring Redeemer Community Church in Needham, Doug & Adele now serve Highrock as co-pastors of Spiritual Formation. They have been married forty years and have two children.

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Alison Terry
Worship Administrator

 

Originally from upstate NY, Alison spent some time in Denmark and on both coasts before moving to Boston in 2013, where she quickly made Highrock her church home.  Alison currently serves on the worship production ministry and is passionate about helping people have a meaningful encounter with God.  A former professor with a PhD in psychology, Alison also helps schools transform teaching and learning through her work as an education technology consultant.  Alison enjoys exploring Boston in her spare time, and freely admits to being a food nerd and coffee addict.

 
 
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Peter Desrosier
Director of Media & Technology

Born in Minnesota, Peter moved to Boston in 2000. Growing up, he attended Highrock church throughout his high school career at Lexington Christian Academy. In 2012 he moved to Chicago, Illinois, where he pursued a bachelor's degree in Communication Media Studies, as well as an art minor in Graphic Design and Photography at Wheaton College. He graduated in May of 2016, and upon his return home to Boston, felt God calling him to full time ministry at his home church, Highrock. Beyond his digital aspirations, Peter has a passion for music, video games, sports, the outdoors, and he enjoys spending time with friends and family.

 

 

 

 

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