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.”

  • Sexton

Bio

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

  • Administrative Assistant

Bio

Mirinda moved to Quincy in August 2017 with her husband and two boys.  Mirinda started as the Administrative Assistant in November 2019.  She has also served in the Soulfood ministry, nursery, and on the Care Team.

 

 

  • Youth Group Director

Bio

Dan has been a part of Highrock since fall of 2013 when he moved from Long Island, NY to Quincy to attend Eastern Nazarene College, where he graduated with a degree in History and Religion. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Joanna, since July of 2017. He is an avid reader who loves a good conversation on faith, justice, and education. Dan has a heart for young people and is passionate about helping to bring up the next generation of Christ-followers. 

  • Youth Group Director

Bio

Joanna Compitiello grew up on Long Island, NY, where she attended church from birth until she moved up to Massachusetts to attend Gordon College, where she studied Music Education and Vocal Performance. Joanna began attending Highrock with her long time boyfriend Dan, and has felt at home there for the last 7 years. Joanna is now married to Dan, whom she met in youth group in NY, and they live in North Quincy. She is a full time music teacher in Quincy Public schools where she teaches general music and choir to both middle school and high school students. Together, Dan and Joanna have served on the worship team and have recently begun the Next Gen youth ministry program at Highrock. 

Council

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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.  

  • Chair

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.

  • Vice Chair

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.

  • Financial Officer

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.

  • Secretary

Bio

Dan has been a part of Highrock since fall of 2013 when he moved from Long Island, NY to Quincy to attend Eastern Nazarene College, where he graduated with a degree in History and Religion. He has been married to his high school sweetheart, Joanna, since July of 2017. He is an avid reader who loves a good conversation on faith, justice, and education. Dan has a heart for young people and is passionate about helping to bring up the next generation of Christ-followers. 

Bio

My name is Kennel Etienne. I have been a part of the Highrock Family since spring of 2013. My wife and I recently purchased our first home in Mattapan and look forward to raising our three wonderful children in that home. I am currently employed by Boston Public Schools and serve as a 9th grade history teacher and as the Restorative Justice Coordinator at Snowden International High School.

Since joining Highrock I have served in the following ministries; Financial Peace University, Kids Rock, Open Door Ministry, The Almost Annual Haitian Soul Food, Mr. Main Squeeze (currently in negotiations), to name a few. I find fulfilment in serving God's Kingdom using the gifts and tools He has blessed me with. It is my hope that I can continue to serve His Kingdom, while stretching my faith, as an Overseer.

Bio

Glen has been a partner at HRQ since 2014 and was previously on the board from 2015-2019. He has served in various capacities including leading the men’s group and Kendall group, helping with the Sunday technology and welcome teams, and previously teaching with Kidsrock. Glen was also involved in advancing the merger with the Covenant Church of Quincy and has participated on Highrock network committees.

Glen married his wife Cindy in 2005. They began attending Highrock in 2014 as they were moved by the mission of the church and its focus on being a light in this community. Cindy became Associate Pastor at Highrock Quincy in 2016. They are entering their 15th year of living in Wollaston and have been blessed with three children: Sophia (14), Tiffany (11) and Peter (10) – and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Mr. Bingley. Glen has a heart for the Quincy community, and served on the City’s planning board for three years. After stints as an electrical engineer, management consultant, and policy director in city and state government, he is currently the Senior Director for Institute Affairs at MIT.

Care Team

  • 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

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.

  • 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 of the Open Door Ministry. She has a passion for students and young adults, food, Zumba and reading.

  • Deacon

Bio

Jessica is currently a primary care physician working at One Medical in Boston. She has a dog, named Yuki. She loves to cook/host, play board games, travel, and music. Jess has been attending Highrock Quincy for five years and it has really been a blessing for her. She has enjoyed growing, learning, and serving with this wonderful church family. One of her favorite mottos for life recently is, "Humble yourself and you'll be so much happier". Jessica hopes to continue and look forward to being challenged out of her comfort zone to further God's kingdom in the Boston area, to serve Him in areas of racial issues, of mental health, and be open to whatever else God is calling her to do in these unique times.