Our Story

In the early months of 2012, a group of young adults gathered in a room to pray. A future Thrive board member had felt the urgent need to reach the upcoming Millennial generation for Christ, and in response, Tim and Karen Cedarland began to invite and lead this group that was to become Thrive.

Thrive formed as a regular weekly ministry in May 2012, meeting at a house in Gig Harbor dubbed "The Cabin." Young adults in the area were welcomed to join for dinner, a time of worship, a message, and discussion groups. As community began to grow and transformation began to take place, Thrive soon outgrew its first meeting spot and in March 2013, began to meet at Harborview Fellowship, allowing room for growth.

More than five years later, Thrive has been blessed to see God build community, raise up leaders, and transform the lives of countless young adults. Hundreds of young adults from Pierce and Kitsap County have come through the doors over the years, from different backgrounds, churches, and denominations. Thrive continues to welcome young adults each week from throughout the South South!


Our Beliefs

  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in 3 persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful people, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.


Our Board

Thrive is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

BOARD of directors

Sylvia Jacobson

Michael White

Michael Turnbull

Tim Cedarland

Karen Cedarland


Thrive also has an advisory board made up of local area pastors.


Mike Riches
Harborview Fellowship

Larry Hackman
Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church

Tim Stobbe
Waypoint Church

Matt Edwards
Believer's Fellowship

Kurt Mach
Peninsula Christian Fellowship

Josh Mann
Fox Island Alliance Church

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Tim & Karen Cedarland
Regional Directors


Michael Bouterse
Local Director

Tim and Karen Cedarland have been involved in full-time ministry for more than 35 years. God's call on their life began in 1981 when they began to serve at the Portland Rescue Mission and in prison ministry throughout the Northwest. After moving to Gig Harbor in 1983 they were called to an itinerant ministry, and for over 10 years Tim spent much of his time traveling throughout the US and Canada speaking at conferences, churches, youth camps, and prisons. They also hosted a thriving youth group in their home for many years and their passion for the generations to come continued to grow.

In 1994 they planted a church with the desire to reach youth and their families in the Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula area. Tim served as pastor at Community Bible Fellowship for 18 years with extensive involvement in the community.

In early 2012, Tim and Karen accepted their next assignment to begin a cross-church young adult ministry, which has today become Thrive. They continue to have a passion to serve the body of Christ with clear communication of the truths of God's Word, evangelism, and mentoring young leaders.


Michael Bouterse is a true Thrive original! Originally just an attendee, Michael eventually began investing in Thrive as a preacher and volunteer leader, receiving mentorship in ministry along the way. While studying for his bachelor’s degrees in theology and history at Whitworth University, Michael planted and directed a branch of Thrive in Spokane, WA, and afterward received further ministry training at the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics in the U.K. Following the completion of his master’s degree in New Testament through the University of Oxford, Michael stepped into the role of Local Director of Thrive Harbor in the summer of 2017.

To give you an idea of his hobbies, Michael likes to say that there are two subjects about which he can talk your ear off: one is the Bible, and the other is classical music. Don’t say you weren’t warned! (He’s fond of hiking, too!)


Amanda Pedrelli first got plugged into Thrive soon after high school and would cite Thrive as a critical influence in her growth as a Christian. It didn’t take long for her to be invited to serve as a leader and—as Amanda’s gifts and love for disciple-making became increasingly evident—Thrive Harbor’s Associate Director. Besides overseeing women’s discipleship at Thrive, Amanda also coordinates several of Thrive’s annual events.

An ardent lover of anything having to do with the ocean and marine biology, Amanda can often be found combing Gig Harbor’s many beaches. She also has a background as a preschool teacher and is passionate about early childhood education.

Amanda Pedrelli
Associate Director


Thrive has branches.

Thrive may not have been likely to succeed, but the Lord has used and continues to use it all the same. In 2014, a group of six young adults gathered in a basement apartment and prayed that God might stir the hearts of young adults in Kitsap County. Out of this group, Thrive Kitsap was born. Today, more than 80 young adults gather together on a weekly basis, desiring to fan a flame of love for Jesus and the local church in the hearts of young adults. 

Thrive Kitsap meets in Bremerton on Monday nights at 6:30PM, led by Dustin & Emily Polley.