Meet the Team

Dr. Mark Hale, Lead/Founding Pastor
drmarkhale@thrivegrandforks.org
 
As the Lead Pastor, Dr. Mark Hale serves as the primary teacher on Sunday mornings. Pastor Mark is a 30 year ministry veteran who is passionate about God, family, and the church. Along with a handful of people, he and his wife 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 30 years. Four children make the Hale home complete!
Isaac Hale, Youth Pastor & Grafton Campus Pastor
isaachale@thrivegrandforks.org
 

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! 

Emily Morenski, Youth Pastor & Worship Pastor
Joining us mid-August
 
Emily grew up in Williston, North Dakota, and moved to Minneapolis to attend North Central University in 2017. She recently graduated North Central with a Music Pastor, B.S. She met her wonderful Fiancée, Caleb Erickson, while at North Central. They will be getting married this November!
 
 
 
 
 
Charlotte Wood, Executive Assistant
exeassist@thrivegrandforks.org
 
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 semi-retired Stay-At-Home Mom.
 
 
 
 
 
Jacquee O’Neill, Media Director
media@thrivegrandforks.org
 
Originally from California Jacquee, her husband David and two kids now call the Grand Forks area home. They moved here in 2016 for a better quality of life. Their two kids, now 10 and 7, are a handful, but oh so loved. She had been a full-time stay-at-home mom until November of 2020 when Thrive had an opening. Feeling God’s tug on her heart, she jumped in feet first and couldn’t be happier.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kristina Kornelius, KMM Co-Director
kmm@thrivegrandforks.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Larisa Solseng, KMM Grafton Co-Director
graftonkmm@thrivegrandforks.org
 

Larisa is a mother of 3 and is a Kindergarten teacher for Park River Area Schools. She and her husband Cole have been attending Thrive Grafton since it’s launch in September of 2017.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Micah Hale, KMM Co-Director
kmm@thrivegrandforks.org