Meet the Team


Dr. Mark Hale, Lead Pastor


As the Lead Pastor, Dr. Mark Hale serves as the primary teacher on Sunday mornings. Pastor Mark is a 26 year ministry veteran who is passionate about God, family, and the church. Along with a handful of people, he planted Thrive in 2007.
Growing up outside Detroit, Michigan, Mark, his parents and three older brothers became true followers of Christ in 1986. That conversion was followed by God calling Mark into full-time ministry. He followed that call and prepared for ministry by attending Olivet Nazarene University, Asbury Theological Seminary and completing a Doctorate at Nova Southeastern University. Mark married his college sweetheart, Lisa, and they have shared their life together for the past 27 years. Four children make the Hale home complete!



Andy Karuchit, Family Pastor

Andy Kruchit 3Andy grew up at Grove City Church of the Nazarene in Ohio and got his call to ministry there as a college student while interning in youth ministry. He pursued his degree in pastoral ministry from Nazarene Bible College, graduating in 2009 with a degree in Pastoral Ministry. Andy has worked in ministries leading kids and teens in a variety of age groups over the years. He has a passion for the creative arts and teaching kids and teens to use their gifts. In 2009, Andy married his wife, Jessica, who was also in ministry and they served together in the Children’s Ministry of Chicago First Church of the Nazarene for 5 years before joining our team. May of 2014 brought Andy and Jessica the greatest gift when Jessica gave birth to their son, Drew. 

Cale Stoltenow, Business and Operations Manager

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Cale has attended Thrive since we started in 2007 and is currently managing the business and facility needs at Thrive.  He has been on staff for nearly 2 years. He has a talent for music and has been playing music in church for 18 years – you can often see him on Sunday morning playing with the worship band. He has a passion for connecting churches with each other and love to be a part of different people groups coming together to worship our Lord Jesus Christ.  He has also been known to preach on occasion.  Originally from Moorhead, he went to college in Arizona and earned a degree in audio engineering.

Rachel Mobbs, Worship Leader
Rachel Mobbs is the newest member of the Thrive staff as our Worship Leader and is originally from Florence, Alabama. She married her best friend, Chris, in 2011. They moved to Grand Forks in August of 2015 and have been attending Thrive Community Church ever since. Growing up playing piano and singing in church, she has a passion for worship and music. She has a heart for people and desires to spread the message of God’s love throughout her city. She is in nursing school, and hopes to one day pursue medical missions.



Jessica Karuchit, Communications Coordinator

Jessica was a full time Children’s Pastor for 10 years before coming to Thrive where her
husband, Andy, is our Family Pastor.  She currently works full time at Retrax in Grand Forks as an HR Generalist and is our Communications Coordinator at Thrive.  She has a passion for ministry and is so excited to serve in this capacity.  Jessica and Andy have a two year old boy, Drew, and love being part of this young, growing church.  She is originally from the Chicago area and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Lewis University in Elementary Ed and Music.