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 29 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, 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.
Charlotte Wood, Executive 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 semi-retired Stay-At-Home Mom.  
 Larisa Solseng, Grafton Children’s Director
Larisa is a mother of two 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.