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

Kelly Ladd Bishop KidsRock director
  • KidsRock Director

Bio

Kelly is a Massachusetts native who loves all things Boston. She studied biology at Boston University before going on to receive her Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kelly has served as a youth pastor and an associate pastor in a number of churches in the Boston area. Her greatest joys in ministry are in discipleship, and studying God's word. Kelly is a contributing writer for various websites and publications, including The Huffington Post, and especially enjoys exploring issues of faith and culture. She loves coffee, science, writing, music, and good debates. She is married to a superhero named Seth, and is mom to three junior superheroes, who keep her schedule and her heart full.

Bekah Ware Church Administrator
  • Administrator

Bio

Bekah is a hardworking wife and mother of 3 small, energetic children. Living in rural upstate NY all her life has fueled a deep appreciation of quiet, reading, running, and coffee… lots of coffee. The few moments of free time her life allows is spent as a REFIT Instructor, ministry leader, and creating programs, policy and procedure for companies. Rebekah earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from SUNY Potsdam with the hopes of becoming a counselor. Freshly out of college and married at the age of 20, Rebekah soon discovered that God had other plans for her life and degree. Little did she know that her desire to help people would be used in a home, in a gymnasium, and on a computer rather than in an office counseling individuals. Her degree, which she'd viewed as useless, ending up being called upon frequently while raising children, ministry leading, and planning, organizing, and marketing endeavors. Her heart for people and passion to inspire, encourage, and empower others can be seen in all that she does.

  • Youth Ministry Resident

Bio

I.J. was born in Seoul, South Korea, and came to the states when he was 6 months old. He moved around about 8 times within 10 years in the states and finally calls Fort Lee, NJ his home. He recently graduated from Gordon College and is currently at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. He is passionate about youth ministry and believes youth ministry is an unending journey that requires the effort of the whole church to raise kingdom workers. On the side, I.J. is a bartender and server at a sushi restaurant near Gordon Conwell. He loves to eat (check out his Yelp account), read, and weight train (calisthenics), and loves Jesus.

  • Family Ministry Specialist

Bio

Becky is a Massachusetts native and lifelong fan of the Red Sox. Currently serving as our Family Ministry Specialist, she has been involved in church planting and family ministry since she was a pre-teen. She holds a Masters in Practical Theology from Winebrenner Theological Seminary, a Family Development Credential from Tufts University, and is ordained in the Churches of God, Eastern Regional Conference. Becky also leads workshops and seminars on family ministry. She has done this in diverse contexts for various denominations, both in the United States and internationally. In her spare time, she is a freelance children’s curriculum writer, and loves to read, cook, and eat! She considers her husband Travis and two daughters the best gifts she’s ever received and geeks out with them about sci-fi whenever possible.