Getting you "up to speed"

Thanks for checking us out. My name is Aaron and I’m the planting pastor for Highrock North Shore church. Whenever we plant Highrock churches, we do so because of a singularly shared vision: that radically local, accessible, Christian community, not only transforms people, but whole cities. It’s a bold vision really, but one that has given my wife and me years of life and joy together in community while I served on staff at Highrock Arlington.

Still, we knew that while Christians are willing to make an hour drive just to get a taste of this kind of Church, those who don’t yet know the radical, life changing love of Jesus found in Christian Community, won’t. And this breaks my heart. Because I know—I mean, for the last four years I’ve lived—this very dream of having my neighbors literally be my church.

As members of Highrock we’ve weathered hurricanes together, played hockey on Spy Pond before work together, and ate pie made from the very berries we picked earlier that day, together. We’ve gone on café runs at all hours of the night and erupted in spontaneous snowball fights. We’ve fought together, cried together, prayed together, laughed together, celebrated baptisms together. In short, over the last four years we’ve lived out our Love for God, together in community. And it’s been awesome. 

And because I know how good this kind of community is, because I know how disarming this kind of community can be, we desperately want to see this vision of Christ lived out in Community on the North Shore of Boston.

In the book of Isaiah, (Isaiah 57:14) God gives a vision to his followers to remove every obstacle from our neighbor’s way in their path to meeting God.  And we really believe that this vision of love found in community does just that: it removes obstacles from the way of people meeting our great God.

And so, just like in May of 1999, when a small group of believers gathered together to reflect and pray at a small suburban home in Needham on a street called Highrock, the summer of 2011 a small group of Highrockers began to pray to earnestly seek how we can together, bring to the North Shore this same vision of Christ lived out in Community. We launched our grand opening in September of 2012, and in just a little over a year we have nearly doubled in size. 

In just the few short months of meeting together we’re having a ton of fun eating, praying and building relationships with each other.  We have seen the miraculous. We have grieved with the broken hearted. Partnered with our Salem neighbors to stand for justice.

Christ's Church is being built and a beautiful community of believers is taking shape.  

God has been at work both at Highrock and on the North Shore for a while now. And we don’t want to hoard all the fun and have you to miss out on all the action.

If you’re interested in learning more about how you can partner with what God is doing at Highrock North Shore, I’d love to connect with you!

Aaron Engler

Born and raised in rural Minnesota, Aaron studied finance at the University of Minnesota and then worked as a banker before attending Gordon-Conwell. Prior to planting Highrock North Shore in 2012, Aaron served on staff at Highrock Arlington since 2007, where he served as the Pastor to Young Adults.

In addition to planting Highrock North Shore, Aaron helped launch Open Door Immigration Services in 2017, and serves as the Chairman of the Board. He has gone through extensive immigration law training and is a partially accredited representative with the Board of Immigration Appeals.