Meet the Team


Dr. Mark Hale, Lead/Founding 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 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
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.
Isaac Hale, Grafton Campus Pastor and Grand Forks Youth Pastor
Isaac Hale grew up in the Grand Forks area and has attended Thrive for the entirety of its existence. Isaac attended college at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Illinois, and earned a degree in Christian Education. He served with various youth ministries throughout his college years and spent the last two years at the University of North Dakota completing a Master’s degree in Higher Education. While recently feeling pulled toward full-time ministry, Isaac received an opportunity to serve at Thrive and is now serving as Thrive’s Youth Pastor and Campus Pastor for the Grafton Campus. This is his first position in full-time ministry, and he is incredibly excited to see how God wants to use him!
Joe and Barbra Chine, Discipleship Directors
Joe is from Amelia, Ohio. A former public school teacher, coach, counselor and private school development officer. Is a retired USAF officer and squadron commander and was assigned twice to GF Air Force Base, ND. A resident of Grand Forks since 2004. Married to Barbara and they have 3 sons: Nick, Nate, Nol and 8 grandchildren. Attended and received degrees and certification from Wittenberg University, University of Dayton, and Xavier University in Ohio and Liberty University in Virginia. Has served as a youth and adult Sunday school teacher, deacon and men’s ministry coordinator. Currently, coordinator of Grand Cities Evangelical Pastor’s Shepherds Gatherings and Team Captain of the Grand Cities, All Pro Dads. Enjoys sports, mentoring and Bible study.
Barbara Chine comes to Thrive Community Church following a career in the United States Air Force, and Christian school teaching. She’s originally from Springfield, Ohio, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education from Otterbein University, and a Masters of Science Degree in Elementary and Middle School Curriculum, from Wright State University, 1979.
Following graduate school in 1979, she entered the United States Air Force where she spent 25 years on active duty and retired as a full Colonel from Grand Forks Air Force Base. She graduated from Air War College in 1996 with a Masters Degree in Air Power, and in 1997 she attended National Defense University in Washington D.C., and received a Master’s Degree in Resource Strategy.
Barbara is very familiar with the Grand Forks area, as she commanded both at the squadron and group levels at Grand Forks Air Force Base. Following her retirement she was subsequently selected as the team leader of the Riverside Christian School Middle School, and taught both American and World History classes, and Christian Worldview Bible classes.
Barbara’s passion is mentoring both men and women towards building better relationships with Jesus, their families, and friends.
Her motto is “Faith–Family–and Friends.” She is married to Joe Chine and has three sons: Nick, Nathan, Nol, and eight grandchildren.
Bridgette Loveland, Communications Coordinator
Charlotte Wood, Administrative Assistant
Charlotte Wood grew up as an Army Brat and has lived in many different US states and Germany. She was married to her best friend, Robert Wood for 24 years, until his death in 2012. They raised three sons together, Nick, Will and Ben. Charlotte has lived in Grand Forks for over 20 years, has held a variety of job titles, and is a retired Stay-At-Home Mom.
Charlotte has been a volunteer at Thrive for 3 years.