Staff/Leadership

Staff

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  • Lead Pastor

Bio

Stephen and his wife Kathleen have been married since 2004. They have 3 young boys and live just minutes away from the church in Quincy. Kathleen's family and roots are here on the South Shore. Stephen is a graduate of North Park Theological Seminary and has served at church plants in his home town of Chicago and in Englewood, NJ. Stephen is passionate about church planting and sustainable development work. He currently serves as a member of the Covenant World Relief Advisory Team, and he is the Chairperson of the Zimele Wethu International Board, a development agency in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. You can set up a meeting with Pastor Stephen here.

  • Associate Pastor

Bio

Though her journey with the Lord started strong (she was an ox in a Christmas pageant as a child), it wasn’t until her senior year at Princeton that Cindy came to the Lord.  After many years of exuberant church service and some years of desperately longing to trust God more, she received her MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2001.  She married Glen in 2005 and they are grateful to be parents of three children.  A native New Englander and cancer-survivor, Cindy has a big heart to bring God's hope and love to the many amazing people whom she calls “neighbor” and “friend.”

  • Associate Pastor

Bio

Karen grew up in Wauwatosa, WI where her family first became Covenanters.  Her call into ministry began to develop as a child in grade school.  She is a graduate of North Park Theological Seminary and was ordained in the Evangelical Covenant Church in 1983.  Karen has served churches in St. Paul, MN, Chicago, IL, Cromwell, CT (The Children’s Home of Cromwell) and now Quincy, MA since 2002.  Her favorite part of being a pastor is getting to hear and share in the faith stories of the people she meets. Karen has been married to Bruce since 1982 and they have two adult sons and a daughter-in-law.

  • Worship Director

Bio

Kat is currently studying for her Masters of Divinity at Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary. A native of Dubai, she now calls Quincy home with her husband Ben. Kat is a graduate of Tufts University and has served with Intervarsity at Wellesley College.

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  • Administrative Assistant

Bio

Ally has been a part of Highrock Quincy since 2014. With a background in research biology, she's worked in several Boston labs as a research technologist and lab manager. With the arrival of her son, she decided to stop working in the lab and try something new. She has served as Highrock's administrative assistant since September 2017. Ally lives in Quincy with her husband and son. 

  • Sexton

Bio

Adam grew up attending The Covenant Church of Quincy and has worked for the Church in various ways since 1999.

Overseers

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  • Ex-Officio

Bio

Stephen is the planting pastor of Highrock Quincy and is an ex-officio member of the Overseers Board.  

  • Ex-Officio

Bio

Karen was formerly the lead pastor of the Covenant Church of Quincy and is an ex-officio member of the Overseers Board.  

  • Chair

Bio

Glen Comiso serves as the chair of the Highrock Quincy Board of Overseers. He has been a member of the board since January 2016. At Highrock, Glen is involved in men's and family ministries and is also part of the tech team and Kidsrock team. Glen works at MIT as Senior Director for Institute Affairs, and his background includes electrical engineering, management consulting, and government policy development. He enjoys traveling, hiking, swing dancing, and playing board games with his family. 

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  • Vice Chair

Bio

Karlis Collins has served as an Overseer since 2016 and also serves on the Soulfood team and as a presider. She grew up moving around the country, but decided to settle in Massachusetts after graduating from Boston University. She currently works at a full-service ad agency in downtown Boston, managing digital and experiential campaigns. She and her husband Brendan have an adorable son named Maxwell.

  • Financial Officer

Bio

Ben has served as the Financial Officer since January 2019. He is married to Kat, Highrock’s worship pastor, and they’ve lived in Quincy since planting Highrock in 2012. Ben currently serves on the production and worship teams at Highrock, and has also served as a KidsRock teacher. Professionally, Ben has over seven years of experience as a grants and financial administrator at research institutions in the Boston area.

  • Secretary

Bio

Born in New York, Chris found his way to Boston for graduate school and loved it so much he decided to stay.  He married Katie in 2014 and together they have a wonderfully cute 2-year-old.  By training, Chris is a licensed mental health counselor with a specialty in trauma, but currently works helping others get better at their jobs and improving the care for children and families in Massachusetts.

Bio

Rita was raised in a Christian home in Boston and was greatly involved in youth and college ministry.  Rita obtained her Doctor of Pharmacy at Northeastern University in 2004 and has worked as a hospital pharmacist and an information systems pharmacist for the past 14 years. She and her husband Jeff have been faithfully attending Highrock Quincy since the summer of its initial launch in 2012.  During the past six years at HRQ, Rita has served in the children's ministry, scripture reading and communion server and also participated in various small groups. She is honored to serve as an overseer at HRQ and believes it is an answer to her prayer that her family would walk in God's will and serve in the ways He would have them serve and that their light would shine as a family.

Bio

Henry is a homegrown native of Quincy and has been with Highrock Quincy since day one as part of the original launch team. At Highrock, he serves on the Worship Team playing drums. Henry is a clinical social worker in the Lexington Public Schools where he engages elementary school students regarding their emotional needs with the hope of positively impacting youth and families emotionally, spiritually, and socially. He can regularly be seen around Quincy on long distance runs and this year, he completed his 21st marathon. He also loves travelling, foods smothered in sauce and he consumes way too much diet soda and ice cream.

Bio

The Quincy Covenant Church has been a strong influence throughout Joyce's life and she's grateful for God's steady hand guiding the joining of QCC with HRQ. Joyce works for a local nonprofit where she leads efforts to expand the services offered and develop Fairing Way, a new senior community that opened in 2016 at Union Point, the former South Weymouth Naval Air Base. In her free time, Joyce enjoys nature and the outdoors, spending time with family and friends, exploring new places and learning new ideas. Joyce lives in Quincy's Squantum neighborhood with her two rescue dogs, Zoe and Nash.

Bio

Robert started attending The Covenant Church in Quincy as a sixth-grader. He became involved in youth activities and Sunday School, and was confirmed in 1963, and became a member a year later. He has been active ever since, having served in many roles, including Chairman of the Congregation, Vice Chairman, Chairman of Christian Education board, and various others. He sees the merger of The Covenant Church of Quincy and Highrock Quincy as an extension of the same ministry he's been committed to his whole life, and is glad to lend a sense of continuity to the leadership of the new unified church. He is currently an adjunct instructor of biology at Massasoit Community College in Brockton, and his professional experience also includes several years in graphic arts and illustration. Robert currently live in Whitman with his beloved advisor, confidant and friend, his sister Luisa, and the best doggie in the world, Buckley.

Care Team

  • Deacon

Bio

Ophelia was born in Hong Kong and moved to Canada with her parents when she was a teenager. She met Jesus and her husband Adrian in Ottawa, Ontario. She holds a Biochemistry degree and a Psychology degree with University of Ottawa. After marrying Adrian in 2002, the Tsangs have lived in 5 cities in 3 countries. Before moving to Boston, Ophelia was working with the Canada Revenue Agency. She joined Highrock Quincy in 2017 and is a part the Open Door Ministry. She has a passion for students and young adults, food, Zumba and reading.

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  • Deacon

Bio

Kevin has been attending Highrock Quincy with his wife Katie since 2014. Originally from New Jersey, he graduated from Gordon College in 2007 and has been bouncing around the Boston area since. Katie and Kevin have two wonderful kids. Kevin works in information management and enjoys German-style board games, backpacking, and all things Marvel.

  • Deacon

Bio

Though her journey with the Lord started strong (she was an ox in a Christmas pageant as a child), it wasn’t until her senior year at Princeton that Cindy came to the Lord.  After many years of exuberant church service and some years of desperately longing to trust God more, she received her MDiv from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2001.  She married Glen in 2005 and they are grateful to be parents of three children.  A native New Englander and cancer-survivor, Cindy has a big heart to bring God's hope and love to the many amazing people whom she calls “neighbor” and “friend.”

  • Deacon

Bio

Mirinda moved to Quincy in August 2017 with her family. She’s a native of Iowa where she worked as a social worker in the adoption field. She is currently a full-time mom to her two boys and can often be found volunteering at their school. Mirinda also serves in the Soulfood ministry and in the nursery. 

  • Deacon

Bio

Ryan grew up on the South Shore before attending Eastern Nazarene College. He met his wife Bethany there and now works in IT at the college.  They have enjoyed being part of the Highrock community.