Welcome to the Encounter School

Drawing from the richness of our Catholic heritage and identity, we seek to teach, equip, activate and deploy disciples to be able to demonstrate the supernatural power and love of the kingdom of God in their spheres of influence.

Start an Encounter School Satellite Campuses

The Encounter School is expanding. Learn about partnering to launch one in your region.

Invest in your ministry

Although every baptized Christian has been called into full time ministry, not every Christians is equipped.  We need to invest in our personal ministry callings.



Drawing from the richness of our Catholic heritage and identity, we seek to teach, equip, activate and deploy disciples to be able to demonstrate the supernatural power and love of the kingdom of God in their spheres of influence. 



Each class starts off with worship and/or testimonies. God is our focus, and we love to worship Him and be in His presence! In teaching and activating, the Encounter School uses a hands-on approach. Expect out-of-class assignments designed to help you implement what you have learned. Each session will show how to minister in a way that shows love and value and serves those whom we come in contact with everyday.



Our core values at the Encounter School are driven by creating a culture of honor that is defined by freedom, risk-taking, empowerment, respect, healthy boundaries, humility, feedback and docility. There is a high level of student interaction through activations, prayer and worship. It is the culture where empowered lifestyles are sustained, encouraged and empowered!



Patrick Reis MA

Patrick Reis MA

Main School Director

Patrick is the School Director and responsible for curriculum development and working with the school leadership and teachers to put the curriculum into effect and administer the needs of the school.

Fr. Mathias Thelen

Fr. Mathias Thelen


Father Mathias Thelen is the President of Encounter Ministries and helps oversee the content of the Encounter School to ensure both the best teaching rooted in authentic Catholic doctrine.

Dr. Mary Healy

Dr. Mary Healy

Theological Curriculum Adviser

A close friend of Encounter Ministries, Dr. Mary Healy is a full professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Dr. Healy provides counsel to school leadership on the development of curriculum teaching.

Cincinnati Campus

Led by Deacon Russ Feldkamp and Ryan Mahle.


The home of Encounter Ministries at St. Patrick.

Louisiana Campus

Louisiana Campus led by Ben & Chantelle Hudachek.

How does the school work?

The Encounter School is a 2 year school of ministry with classes once a week on Monday evenings from 6pm – 9:00pm.  Apart from an atmosphere of faith and worship, the goal is to activate the gifts and tools necessary for ministry and to provide a safe environment to grow.  Each year is broken up into 4 quarters covering topics essential to supernatural ministry.

What is the application process?

All prospective students must apply online here on this site. The application is free.  Applications are open until all spots are filled. Any prospective students that are not accepted must wait until the following year to reapply.

Do I need to be committed to two years?

No.  After the first year, students will be able to choose whether or not they want to continue and finish their second year of the school.

What do I receive when I graduate?

Everyone who graduates will receive a Certificate of Ministry.  This certificate signifies completion of the requirements of the Encounter School of Ministry.

What content do the quarters cover?

Each quarter consists of 8 classes.  Completion of each quarter for credit requires attendance at 6 out of the 8 classes and completion of assigned homework (this is very minimal).  Homework is designed to put the ministry that you learn into practice in your daily life.

Q1 – Identity and Transformation

Q2 – Power and Healing

Q3 – Hearing God and the Prophetic Gifts

Q4 – Inner Healing and Freedom

Q5 – Power Evangelization

Q6 – Intimacy with God

Q7 – Advanced Ministry Training

Q8 – Leadership and Deployment

What is the student dashboard?

All accepted students will receive online access to the Student Dashboard.  The student dashboard is a protected site that gives you access to:

  • past class teachings (audio) of the current quarter.
  • reading assignments.
  • homework assignments.
  • portal to review and pay tuition.
  • Student intercession prayer wall.
What is a typical class schedule?

A typical class in the first year generally looks like this:

6:00 Worship, prayer and testimonies
6:30 table group discussion and homework review
6:45 first teaching
7:20 activation
7:30 table group discussions
7:40 break
8:00 second teaching
8:35 activation
8:45 table group discussion
8:55 announcements, homework assigned, closing prayer
9:00 go home

Can I attend the school through distance learning or livestream?

No, the school of ministry is only currently being offered for on-site students.

What is the cost of tuition?

The tuition for the upcoming school year is $230 per quarter (with discount if you pay by the year) and includes admission to the Encounter Conference.  Required books and Mission Trips cost extra. 

What is the refund policy?

In the event that a student withdraws from school, they may receive a prorated refund figured by calculating the remaining classes (of the quarter if paying by quarter – or of the year if paying annually) of school minus a withdrawal fee ($50).

Are Scholarships available?

Each campus has it’s own policies regarding scholarships.  Please check with each campus.

Can I start during any quarter?

It is the policy of the Encounter School that all students must start with the first quarter.

What is the best way to discern my enrollment in the Encounter School of Ministry?

The Encounter School is geared to students that are hungry to see the supernatrual ministry of Jesus break forth in their life. Each campus runs a summer intensive which provides a survery of the content that will be covered in the first four quarters.  We encourage all potential students to consider enrolling in the summer intensive.  Information for this will be on each campus page.

What are satellite campuses?

The Encounter School of Ministry has partnered with ministries in various cities to host Encounter School satellite campuses.  Each satellite campus presents that same content as the main campus in Brighton, MI. 

How can I start an Encounter satellite campus?

If you are interested in working to partner with Encounter to open a satellite campus, check out the information at https://encounterschool.org/satellite/.

What are the graduation requirements

In order to graduate and receive the Certificate of Ministry, the following outcomes must be achieved:

  1. Completion of all 8 quarters (attendance of 6 out 8 classes + completion of all assigned homework).
  2. Completing a Ministry Project (outlined in your second year).

My speech and my message were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4-5