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 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 32 years. They have four grown children, a cat named Joanie, and Maggie the best golden retriever in the world.

Emily Erickson

Worship and Youth Pastor

Emily grew up in Williston, North Dakota, and moved to Minneapolis to attend North Central University in 2017. She recently graduated from North Central with a Music Pastor, B.S. She met her wonderful Husband, Caleb Erickson, while at North Central. Emily moved to Grand Forks on August of 2021 and loves the community!



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.



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 11 and 8, 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.


Children's Ministry

A military spouse and mom of two, adventures all over the country with her family (husband, daughter-6, and son-3). They’ve lived in New Hampshire, California, Nebraska, Texas, and are now blessed to call Grand Forks, North Dakota their home. They enjoy the kind people and amazing community.
She has a love for Jesus and a passion for spreading the gospel wherever she lives.


Children's Ministry

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 its launch in September of 2017.


Children's Ministry

Micah grew up in the Grand Forks area and has been involved with Thrive from the get-go. Today, he works full-time as a pediatric doctor of physical therapy at a local clinic. When not working his day-job, Micah gears his passion for kids toward ministering and teaching about God’s love for them as a co-coordinator of Kids Matter Ministries. He truly loves pointing children toward Christ using the gifts God has blessed him with!