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Thrive 2024 | Oct 11-12 | Mayo Civic Center – Rochester MN

(Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable.)

HelloThrive Sisters!

We are excited to invite you to the 2024 Thrive Conference and know it is going to be a special time together!

On behalf of the Bridging the Gap team and myself, we would be thrilled to have you join us in a time of collective worship, study, and awe of the WONDER of God. This year, we want to help make it easy for past attendees to invite family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers who may not know Jesus or be connected with a local church. First time attendees of Thrive in Rochester are invited to attend for ONLY $20. We encourage you to consider buying your ticket + five $20 tickets and praying about who you might invite to join you next year. We can’t wait to see you in October!

– Angie Goetz, Director of Bridging the Gap (the host organization)

2024 Featured Guests

Carolyn Haas

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Carolyn Haas is the co-lead pastor of Substance Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She and her husband, Peter, planted Substance in 2004 after having pastored for a decade in Wisconsin. Carolyn is passionate about church leadership, parenting and marriage.
Carolyn serves on the executive team at Substance and also serves on the board for One Hope. She travels the world encouraging and equipping church planters and pastors through the Association of Related Churches. She loves being a mom to her three kids, and in her spare time you can find her with her family (probably sipping coffee at a new breakfast spot in the Twin Cities) or shopping for deals online.
Follow Carolyn Haas @carolynakhaas on Instagram. Learn more about Substance Church at

Natalie Runion (@raisedtostay)

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In 2019 after watching many of her peers walk away from the church and their faith, Natalie began Raised to Stay, a ministry for those who have wandered, wondered and wrestled with the Church and the challenges of full-time ministry. Known for her black boxes of hard truth on social media for the Church and church leaders, her heart is to see a generation finish their race as they partner with a good Father who is faithful to complete the work He began in each of us.

Natalie lives in Kentucky with her husband, Tony, and their two daughters. She is a sought-after speaker in the local and global Church and just released her first book published with David. C. Cook in July! You can learn more about Raised to Stay on Instagram at @raisedtostay.

Hosanna Wong

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Hosanna Wong is an international speaker, best-selling author and spoken word artist helping everyday people know Jesus for real and live with purpose. Widely known for her spoken word piece, “I Have A New Name,” Hosanna preaches and performs in churches, conferences, prisons, and other events around the world, reaching across various denominations, backgrounds and cultures.

Born and raised in an urban ministry on the streets of San Francisco, Hosanna currently serves on teaching teams at churches throughout the United States. She and her husband, Guy serve in various ministries equipping the local and global Church with tools to share the gospel of Jesus in today’s world. 

Hosanna is the best-selling author of How (Not) to Save the World, and her newest book, You Are More Than You’ve Been Told!

Learn more about Hosanna Wong at, @hosanna.wong on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

Angie Goetz – BTG Director/Thrive Host

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As Director of Bridgin the Gap (BTG), Angie Goetz is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God and continues to work toward the long held traditions of BTG by Encouraging, Equipping, and Empowering women in their faith in Jesus.

Angie and her husband, Cory, live in Austin, MN, and have been married for 28 years. They have three teenage and young adult children. Angie has a professional background of 24 years in property management and various areas of community involvement, including serving for 11 years on her local school board.

She prefers to start her day with a diet coke instead of coffee, loves meeting new friends, spending time with old ones, and a good brainstorming session. She sometimes snorts when she laughs and relaxes by watching sunsets from her front porch in pajama pants as often as she can.

See more about Bridging the Gap at

Ben Snyder and Stephanie MacDonald – Worship Leaders

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Ben Snyder is a worship leader, songwriter, and coffee enthusiast based out of Central Minnesota. At a young age Ben grew his love for worship through traveling with his family and releasing a family album at the age of 14. He continued his music endeavors throughout highschool, college, and eventually leading worship in the local church. Ben has a father’s heart for growing worshippers and discipling others around him. He loves spending time with his family, writing music, and pouring into the next generation. You can find him on social media (Instagram: @bensnydermusic / @watersworship Facebook: @BenESnyder ).

Stephanie MacDonald is a worship leader, mom to two children (Everleigh and Malachi), and wife to Micah Mac. She graduated from North Central University with a Bachelor of Arts: Music Pastor degree. Currently, Steph and Micah (along with their kids) travel and minister across the country and are “all about the go.” She is passionate about Jesus, personal and corporate worship, and her family. In her free time, you’ll find her dancing with her kiddos, sipping yummy coffee, catching up with friends, in the kitchen, or singing and playing piano in her living room.

Learn more at, or follow @stephaniejoymac16 on Instagram.

Susie Larson – Main Session Emcee

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Susie Larson is a talk radio host, national speaker, and bestselling author. In both 2016 and 2017 Susie was nominated and voted into the top ten groups for the National John Maxwell Leadership Award. In addition to her work and ministry, Susie loves to laugh and relax with her family. She and her husband, Kevin, have been married since 1985. Together they have three wonderful (and hilarious) sons, three beautiful daughters-in-law, and a growing bunch of delightful grandchildren. Susie’s passion is to see women everywhere awakened to the value of their soul, the depth of God’s love, and the height of their calling in Christ Jesus.

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Amber Gerstmann – Main Session Emcee

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Amber is a wife, mama, pastor, worship leader, runner, photographer, Bible teacher, coffee inhaler, and Thrive Conference Advisor! She is excited to be back as an emcee for her seventh year.

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Lindsay May – Workshop Emcee

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Lindsay May is the founder of The Truly Co., host of The Truly Co Podcast, and publisher of Truly magazine, a Christian print publication grounded in gospel truth, pairing stories of hope and encouragement with custom art and design. She is passionate about spirit-filled creativity, contextual biblical teaching, and leadership. Lindsay’s mission is to encourage others to step boldly into the kingdom assignments and dreams God has given them. She has a Masters Degree in Strategic Leadership and is also working towards a Master of Divinity from Pillar Seminary, where she is being trained in ancient Near East contexts, both for the Old and New Testament. Lindsay lives in Lakeville, Minnesota, and enjoys the little moments of life with her two kids, husband, and dogs. She loves speaking, photography, and finding adventure wherever she goes.

Learn more about The Truly Co.

Follow @thetrulyco on Instagram and Facebook

Kylie DeBoef – Workshop Emcee

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Kylie DeBoef is a down-to-earth 24-year-old who finds her greatest joy in her faith, freelance graphic design work, and savoring a slice of key lime pie. Currently, she calls Minneapolis her home and thoroughly enjoys the winter weather as it is perfect for snowboarding.

Kylie is heavily involved in a variety of roles at Cedar Valley Church, such as youth leading, young adult ministry, photography, and on occasion, she offers her support to the University of Minnesota’s Chinese Chi-Alpha, NiHao Minnesota, in collaboration with local missionaries where she is trying her best to learn the Mandarin language.

When she’s not dedicating her time to these pursuits, you’ll find Kylie in the company of her friends, working out, dancing, or putting her graphic design skills to use at General Mills. She is passionate about business as mission (BAM) and hopes to one day travel the world and equip women to grow their own businesses.

Follow @kylie.deboef on Instagram.

What to Expect

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Friday, Oct 11

  • 12:00 Registration / Exhibitors Open
  • 2:00 Workshop ONE (included in Thrive ticket price)
  • 3:00 Break
  • 3:30 Workshop TWO (included in Thrive ticket price)
  • 4:30 Dinner on Your Own (on-site + off-site options)
  • 4:30 Dinner with Hosanna Wong (optional add-on; limited space!)
  • 7:00 Main Session ONE
  • 9:00 Thrive After-Party

Saturday, Oct 12

  • 7:30 Registration / Exhibitors Open
  • 9:00 Main Session TWO
  • 10:15 Break
  • 10:45 Main Session THREE: BTG Missions Feature (learn about BTG Missions)
  • 12:00
    • Lunch on Your Own (on-site + off-site options)
    • Lunch with Speakers (optional add-on; limited space!)
    • Lunch Buffet with Reserved Seating (no speaker/no program; optional add-on)
  • 2:00 Main Session FOUR

2024 Accommodations & Transportation

Hilton Garden Inn – Downtown Rochester

Hilton Rochester Mayo Clinic Area

    Hotel Indigo Rochester Downtown

    Hyatt House

    Kahler Grand Hotel

    Rochester Marriott Mayo Clinic Area

      2024 Thrive Sponsors

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      Conference Location
      Mayo Civic Center
      30 Civic Center Dr SE    Rochester, MN 55902


      Phone – (612) 332-2400

      “Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think….”
      –Ephesians 3:20 (NASB)