Staff/Leadership

Pastoral Staff

  • Co-lead Pastor

Bio

Raised in Newburyport, MA, Becky is a native New Englander who hates being cold, but loves this place and will never leave! Becky majored in English Language and Literature at Gordon College. After a brief stint teaching high school English and coaching cross country, Becky realized that in ministry, she could do what she loved most about teaching and coaching - nurturing, leading, and helping people grow, except without the grammar lessons and long runs!

In response to this call, Becky completed her Master of Divinity at Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to settling in Acton, Becky served as pastor and chaplain in a variety of ministry contexts, from churches to a retirement community. Ever seeking it herself, Becky loves sharing the untold depths of God's love and pointing the lonely authentic Christian community. Beyond this, Becky enjoys literature, writing, beautiful places, and re-arranging her home. More than anything, she relishes kicking back with her husband Will and their sweet kiddos.

  • Co-lead Pastor

Bio

Raised near Nyack, NY, Will first came to the Boston area to attend Gordon College. There he met a redhead named Becky and has been following her ever since. Will has ministered in hospitals, classrooms, and a variety of churches. A believer in the ancient dictum "faith seeking understanding," Will earned a Ph.D. in systematic theology from Princeton Theological Seminary, specializing in the conversation between modern culture and the church's proclamation of the God revealed in Jesus. He has published articles for The Scottish Journal of Theology, Ecclesiology, and The Covenant Quarterly. He loves to preach, teach, and help God's people connect heart, mind, and spirit. He also loves to play basketball, ponder the metaphysical, root for the NY Knicks, and, above all, enjoy time with Becky and their three children.

 

  • Pastor

Bio

Travis fell in love with the Church as a young teenager and has devoted his life to helping God's people accomplish God's mission. He is passionate about the local gathering of believers becoming fully involved in the great story of God being told within their community. Pursuing that passion has led Travis to serve as a missionary, pastor, and church planter in Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, Iowa, the hipster community of Asheville, NC, and the greater-Boston area of Massachusetts.

Besides being a theology and church planting nerd, Travis is a professional multi-instrumentalist, private music instructor, and graphic designer. He has several strong opinions about music, ecclesiology, liturgy, vinyl records, the Green Bay Packers, and Doctor Who. He is married to the love of his life, Becky. They have two pre-teen daughters who are the delight of their lives and are geek musicians and missiologists in training.

  • Pastor

Bio

Susan hails from upstate New York and came to Boston to attend Boston University where she fell in love with the area. She has lived somewhere in Boston or metro Boston ever since. Prior to joining the Highrock Acton staff, she pastored the Union Church of Stow for nineteen years, a mid-life calling which followed on years of being a lay leader in several churches, leading Bible studies, speaking on retreats, and tending souls. Susan got her M. Div from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and her training in spiritual direction from The School of Spiritual Direction (Sustainable Faith). She is a voracious reader, an avid cook, a dedicated walker and the proud mother of two adult sons.

Ministry Staff

  • Next Gen Ministry Director

Bio

Born in Chicago, Phyllis moved out to the great state of Washington as a toddler. Her love of the East Coast brought her to Bryn Mawr College in PA where she majored in Political Science. She eventually made her way to Boston and fell in love with her husband, Roger, whom she met at Highrock. Together, they have a delightful daughter and the world's best dog. Phyllis has been volunteering for vacation Bible schools, Sunday school and other children's programming since she was in high school. She has always had a great passion for families, youth and children. This passion has led her to be all in as the Next Generation Ministry director. When she's not dreaming big about how children and youth are going to change the world, you will find her catching up on the latest T.V. shows and movies, searching for the best burger in town, writing/blogging and spending time with friends and family.

  • Youth Ministry Director

Bio

Mary grew up in nearby Arlington in a loving Christian household with her parents and four siblings and began attending Highrock Arlington in 7th grade. In High School, she fell in love with volunteering for their junior high youth group and has happily dedicated her friday nights to it ever since. Mary attended Boston College where she majored in Elementary Education and Applied Psychology and Human Development. She loves working with youth of all ages and cares deeply about students’ spiritual journeys and emotional well-being. In her free time Mary is an avid puzzler and reader. She loves games of all kinds, consuming large amounts of cheese and Taco Bell, and spending time with her adorable nieces and nephew.

 

Overseers

  • Chair

Bio

Doug started attending Highrock Acton at the second-ever preview service, and has been here every since. One of many pastor's kids at Highrock, he was steeped in the love of God from a very early age, and has served in many ways for many years. He currently teaches the KidsRock Pre-K class and serves on the Welcoming team trying to learn everyone's name. He also leads a small group that has been studying the Bible for more than two decades. He's a big believer in camping ministry and the work that Pilgrim Pines does with Highrock's support. Doug is looking forward to seeing how God uses this newly born church to further God's kingdom in Acton and the surrounding communities.

  • Secretary

Bio

Cathy grew up in Michigan and earned engineering degrees at the University of Michigan and Virginia Tech. During an internship at Kodak in Rochester, NY, she met her husband, Jack, and has stuck with him for 21 wonderful years so far. They now live in Acton and have three children: Justin, Charissa, and Joshua. After many years as a stay-at-home mom, Cathy recently returned to graduate school and now works as a speech-language pathologist in public schools. When not busy with mom duties and work, Cathy enjoys Turbo Kick, travel, immersive puzzle games, and loving others through hosting and volunteer work.
 

  • Financial Officer

Bio

Joel grew up in upstate New York and moved to the Boston area in 2005 to attend Tufts University. After graduation he and his wife Lauren began attending Highrock Arlington before taking the church planting plunge in Acton. At Highrock, Joel serves as Treasurer, as a KidsRock teacher, and takes his role organizing teams during Sunday night basketball very seriously. Professionally, Joel is a CPA and currently works in finance in the life sciences industry. He loves living in Acton with his wife and two little girls and enjoys soccer, basketball, and a competitive game of Settlers of Catan.