learn to live a supernatural lifestyle


Designed and established from the heart of Encounter Ministries, this school draws from the richness of our Catholic heritage as we seek to teach, equip, and activate disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in their spheres of influence. In conformity with the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church, we offer students a dynamic  2-year training program designed to take you to the next level in your ministry.






Although we understand that signs, wonders and miracles are not the whole Gospel,
we are convinced that the Gospel is not whole without them.“

summer intensive

Special Summer Event | Experience a survey of the first four quarters of the Encounter School of Ministry through 3-day* intensive event.  *Online campus will meet 4 times over a 4-week period.

curriculum overview

The Encounter School of Ministry is a dynamic training program designed to teach, equip, and activate you in the full supernatural lifestyle of Jesus so that you can walk with God in intimacy and demonstrate his love and power to the world around you! We believe that as you embrace your identity and live out of the inheritance Jesus won for you, your mission, ministry, and God-given dreams will flourish in every season of life.

The ESM curriculum maintains faithful adherence to the traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church. It has been reviewed and approved by a team of theologians and local bishops.

main campus

Brighton, MI |  Our Main Campus is held at the Parish Life Center (PLC) of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton, Michigan. Here resides the founders of the Encounter School of Ministry, Fr. Mathias Thelen and Patrick Reis. Main Campus instructors include Dr. Mary Healy, Joe Philip, Sarah Kaczmarek, Fr. Patrick Gonyeau, and Fr. Boniface Hicks as well as many guest instructors from ministries around the world.  Live worship before each class is led by members of Encounter Worship.

online campus

Our Online Campus is offered in English, French, Spanish and German.  Each student will have the opportunity to meet weekly with other students from around the world through our live Zoom classes, while also having the flexibility of learning through class videos filmed from our Main Campus in Brighton, Michigan.  Each live Zoom session will be led by a trained facilitator, where students are able to share testimonies, practice what they have learned, participate in activations, live prayer ministry and more.

satellite campuses

We are pleased to share the launching of over 30 satellite campuses around the world, with new campuses launching each year. These on-site campuses are directed by trained alumni of the Encounter School of Ministry, each with a unique atmosphere. All satellite campuses follow the standard ESM curriculum and training environment, and have been reviewed, approved and welcomed by their local bishops.

NEW! Online class for young adults

The Young Adult Class of the Encounter School of Ministry seeks to partner with young leaders from around the world in being taught, equipped, and activated in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Students (ages 18-30) can watch the class videos as their schedule allows, and then, once a week,  join a live Zoom call with Annie Reis along with other young adult leaders to share testimonies, practice the content learned, go through prophetic activations, and pray with one another. Scholarships are available for qualifying applicants!

Satellite Campus Diocesan Approvals

We greatly respect and honor official Church teaching and authority of our local bishops. Before a satellite campus is launched in a region or diocese, we first require campus review and written authorization of the presiding bishop(s). We are so grateful for the many bishops who have offered their support and encouragement for Encounter Ministries and the Encounter School of Ministry.