Welcome to the Indianapolis Campus!


Classes start September 12, 2022

Classes meet on Monday evenings (6-9 PM)


Typical Weekly Class Schedule

  • 6:00   Praise & Worship, Testimonies
  • 6:45   Session 1
  • 7:45   Break
  • 8:00   Session 2
  • 9:00   Dismissal

Year One Course Schedule

  • Quarter 1 – Identity & Transformation
  • Quarter 2 – Healing & Power
  • Quarter 3 – Hearing God & the Prophetic Gifts of the Spirit
  • Quarter 4 – Inner Healing & Freedom

What students are saying about the Encounter School of Ministry – Indianapolis Campus

The single most dramatic area of growth I have experienced has been in hearing God. The instruction on the voice of God…opened me to receive in a way that I have not experienced before. God is present and wants to speak not just through me but to me.

– ESM Indianapolis Student

Encounter has reawakened my spiritual ears and eyes, and ignited my fire once again to stand on the Promises of His Word! Jesus had come to establish His Kingdom here on earth and His Power is here with us!!

– ESM Indianapolis Student

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Campus Leadership Team

Campus Director

Tom Ponchak is a passionate disciple of Jesus. He studied theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and Asbury Theological Seminary. After several years in Catholic ministry, Tom and his wife, Lisa, left the Catholic Church and joined the Association of Vineyard Churches, a non-denominational, evangelical faith community. He was the founding pastor of Matthew’s House Vineyard Church in central Florida. Longing for the Eucharist and sacraments led them back into full communion with the Catholic Church.  


Lisa has been deeply captivated by God’s love and his desire to make himself known to us in a deeply personal way. She lives to hear God speak and it has become her passion to help others hear and discern his voice. She is a graduate of Franciscan University and has been involved in ministry for over 20 years. Lisa and Tom have been married for 28 years and have six children.

Worship Leader

Craig is a spirit-filled disciple who has a heart for leading others to encounter the Holy Spirit through praise and worship. He spent four years as a full-time campus missionary with The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), and an additional three years as a Director of Philanthropy with FOCUS. He has been married to his wife Maria for 10 years, and is blessed with three children.


Father Danda is a priest of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis who desires to help people experience the love of the heart of the Father.  He was formed for the priesthood at St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, MN, and the North American College in Rome, Italy.  Ordained in 2009, he has served in various roles throughout the Archdiocese and is currently pastor of St. Malachy in Brownsburg.


Nathanael Rea is the Director of Evangelization and Adult Faith Formation at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Brownsburg. He is passionate about helping people return to fullness of life through the power of the Holy Spirit. He is a graduate of Hillsdale College, BA, and the University of Dallas, ME. He and his wife, Geralyn, have been married eleven years and are blessed with three children.

The Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana has reviewed and welcomed the Encounter School of Ministry.

The Encounter School of Ministry is open to Christians of all backgrounds—disciples who believe God calls them to demonstrate His supernatural love in their daily lives. Our curriculum and content is rooted in Catholic Tradition and faithful to Catholic teaching.

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Read Bishop Doherty’s Letter of Welcome

Letter of Welcome

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