Staff/Leadership

Staff

Photo of Stephen Sharkey
  • 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.

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  • 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.”

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  • 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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  • Kidsrock Director

Bio

Along with leading the children's program at church, Emma is a 5th grade teacher in Duxbury. She grew up in Maryland, but moved to cooler weather for school. Emma graduated from Eastern Nazarene College, where she met her husband Michael, who is also a teacher. They now live in north Quincy with their kitty.

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  • Discipleship Director

Bio

Born and raised in Boston, Mike and his wife Sofia have been a part of the Highrock Quincy family since its earliest days. As a Computer Engineering graduate of Northeastern University, Mike has worked in the technology and I.T. industries for over 15 years.  He is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He enjoys photography, learning about new technology trends, working through his book shelf of “to-read” books, spending quality time with Sofia, and journeying alongside others as they walk in fellowship with the Father.

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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. 

Overseers

Photo of Stephen Sharkey
  • Lead Pastor

Bio

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

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  • Chairperson

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.

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  • Financial Officer

Bio

Naomi has faithfully been part of the Open Door Ministry since the birth of Highrock Covenant Church of Quincy; she moved to Quincy to join the launch team in 2012.  Naomi is an Oregonian by birth but has been living in Massachusetts since 1999 when she began attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Naomi is currently a Biosafety Scientist working on contract testing of therapeutic treatments of disease at Sartorius Stedim North America located in Kendall Square.  You can spot her on the Red Line during commuting hours listening to a new podcast (Radiolab and Earhustle are her current favorites) or reading a good book.  Naomi is a lover of coffee, learning, and building relationships.  She has served on the Board of Overseers since December of 2014.

Photo of Ally Wan
  • Secretary

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, most recently at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. With the arrival of her son, she decided to stop working in the lab and try something new. She has served on the Board of Overseers since February of 2017. Ally lives in Quincy with her husband and son. 

Photo of Kevin Vågen

Bio

Kevin has been an overseer since 2017. He is currently the leader of the Open Door Ministry and 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 a wonderful son named Keenan. Kevin works in information management for a pharmaceutical company in Cambridge and enjoys German-style board games, backpacking, and all things Marvel.