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!
 
 
 
 
 
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 ChristianEducation. 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! 
 
 
 
 
 
Bobby Weinert, Family Pastor

 

Bobby Weinert originally grew up in Audubon, MN. He moved to Grand Forks, ND from Denver, CO. Bobby graduated from Oak Hills Bible college with a degree in Biblical Studies and Business Management. He was called to ministry in high school, but felt God was telling him after college to wait to enter full time ministry. Bobby has been involved and has led several ministries over the years on a volunteer basis. He ultimately received God’s prompting to enter full time ministry in the summer of 2017. When the opportunity to serve at Thrive presented itself, Bobby joined the team as the Family Pastor. Bobby and his wife have four children, three girls and one boy, and are excited to see how God will use them and what He will do with the children and families at Thrive!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 3 1/2 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.
 
 
 
 

Lou and Mandy Moreno, Worship Directors
 
 
The Moreno family moved to Grand Forks in 2018 on orders from the United States Air Force, having been in Germany for four years and Washington state before that. In each location, they have been actively involved in churches, worship teams, and home groups.
 
Lou has been an active duty member of the USAF for over 16 years and has served in California, Washington, Germany, and now Grand Forks, North Dakota. He is a son of a Pastor and has been involved with church ministry his entire life. Lou is currently in the process of completing his MBA.  Lou obviously loves music and enjoys photography and collecting Funko Pops.
 
Originally from Oregon, Mandy is a music teacher and has taught in each location the USAF has sent her family. She is passionate about using music as a vehicle for connecting with teenagers, encouraging her students to find joy and confidence through their musical activities. Mandy is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Education from the University of North Dakota, and hopes to work with music education majors in the future. She loves coffee dates with close friends; travel to interesting places; reading good books, and eating high quality chocolate.
Lou and Mandy live in Grand Forks with their daughter, Evie, and their dog, Chuck. Although the USAF prints their orders, Lou and Mandy believe the Lord guides their steps, knowing He has brought them to Grand Forks for this time and season.
 
 
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, 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.   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Cherrylene Van Winkle, Communications Coordinator

 
Cherrylene and her family relocated to Grand Forks in June 2016 and has been attending Thrive ever since. She moved around constantly in her youth, being the daughter of an Air Force Chief Master Sargeant, but she calls San Diego, CA her hometown. She married her husband, Chris, an Air Force veteran, in August 2007 and is the mother of two boys. A lover of music and food, Cherrylene also has a passion to introduce young hearts to Christ through Children’s Ministry.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.