About Us

The Church calls us to proclaim the Gospel through a supernatural
lifestyle of faith.

The Supernatural Lifestyle

Most people don’t experience supernatural moments in their everyday lives. There is a big disconnect between their own experiences and those in stories of scripture or the lives of saints. If deep down you know Jesus Christ did not die for a powerless church, then you may be looking for the more that is promised by God. The Encounter School of Ministry can radically renew your mind and transform your life.

Why We Exist

The Encounter School of Ministry operates in partnership with Encounter Ministries to teach, equip, and activate disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in their spheres of influence.

ESM Main Campus / Online Campus Leadership

Patrick Reis, M.A.
President, Lead Instructor and Co-Founder

Fr. Mathias Thelen, S.T.L.
Co-Founder & Instructor


Dr. Mary Healy, S.T.D.
Theological Curriculum Advisor & Instructor


ESM Main Campus / Online Campus Staff & Instructors

If you’re looking at a satellite campus, we encourage you to check out the Satellite Campus page for directors and instructors.

Sarah Kaczmarek
Pastoral Ministry, Main Campus Overseer, & Instructor

Fr. Patrick Gonyeau

Rachel Grech
ESM Administrative Director & Instructor

Alexandra Michal
Director of the German Online Campus & Facilitator

Peter Herbeck
Renewal Ministries
Guest Instructor

Fr. Boniface Hicks, OSB
St. Vincent Archabbey
Guest Instructor

Online Campus Facilitators
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2-Year Curriculum Overview

Year 1

Quarter 1

Identity & Transformation

Building a foundation for all ministry on your royal identity as sons and daughters of God who experience transformation by the renewal of the mind.

Quarter 2

Hearing God’s Voice & the Prophetic Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Hearing God’s voice more clearly for yourself and then stepping out in faith to hear God’s voice for the world around you.

Quarter 3

Power & Healing

Growing in confidence in God’s desire to confirm the proclamation of the Gospel through power and healing and growing in faith to be used by God for healing.

Quarter 4

Inner Healing & Freedom

Getting equipped to participate in Jesus’ ministry of “healing the broken hearted and binding up their wounds.”

Year 2

Quarter 5

Intimacy with God

Cultivating a lifestyle of communing with God in the secret place to be refreshed and renewed by the oil of His presence.

Quarter 6

Advanced Ministry Training

Receiving from leaders in each area of ministry from the first four quarters and coming to a new level of depth and effect that was not possible in the first year.

Quarter 7

Power Evangelization

Receiving the Father’s heart for the lost and gaining the faith to preach the Gospel and partner with the Holy Spirit to demonstrate the reality and truth of the Gospel with the power of God that He has given us.

Quarter 8

Leadership & Deployment

Being prepared to get launched back into your sphere of influence to see the kingdom dreams become reality through equipping students to become leaders.

Core Value #1: Positioned in Love

“And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing.” 1 Cor 13:2

We pursue the ministry of Jesus from a position of love for God and others; we desire to minister the authentic good for others without any concern for self and personal ambition.

Core Value #2: Awareness of God’s Presence

“I cannot imagine how religious persons can live satisfied without the practice of the presence of GOD. For my part I keep myself retired with Him in the depth of centre of my soul as much as I can; and while I am so with Him I fear nothing; but the least turning from Him is insupportable.” Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God

Our goal is to cultivate a ‘presence-driven ministry’ born out of an increased awareness of the presence of God in our ministry. 

Core Value #3: Intimacy with God

If God should desire to raise us to the position of one who is an intimate and shares his secrets, we ought to accept this gladly.” St. Teresa of Avila

We acknowledge that all ministry should flow from a place of intimacy with God; all missionary efforts need to be rooted in personal holiness. We believe that the authentic growth of our ministry comes from our growing intimacy with Him.

Core Value #4: Risk Taking

To be ‘Spirit-filled evangelisers’ means to be evangelisers who are ‘fearlessly open to the working of the Holy Spirit’ – Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudiam

We encourage and celebrate students taking risks in their pursuit of greater obedience to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We seek to cultivate a lifestyle of fearless evangelization.

Core Value #5: Patience Towards Maturity

“Beware of becoming vexed or impatient at the faults of others; for it would be folly, when you see a man falling into a ditch, to throw yourself into another for no purpose.” Saint Bonaventure

We are intentionally patient with ourselves and with others as we develop our ministry gifts and acknowledge that because everyone is in a process of maturity that patience is the necessary for growth. We are also committed to giving and receiving feedback to help one another mature.

Core Value #6: Pursue Breakthrough

“Perseverance is the most desirable gift we can hope for in this life. It is in our power to persevere. Of course, I do not mean that our perseverance takes its origin from our power. On the contrary, I know that it springs from God’s mercy, whose most precious gift it is.” Saint Francis de Sales

We acknowledge that authentic growth comes through overcoming disappointment and that only through a lifestyle of perseverance will we breakthrough into the greatness that God has called for us in ministry.

Core Value #7: Culture of Honor

“Love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor.” – Romans 12:10

We intentionally seek to cultivate a culture of honor where we choose to treat one another with the highest regard because they bear the image of God and we celebrate his work in one another’s lives. We acknowledge that we can only properly receive from the gifts of others when we honor them.

Core Value #8: Christian Unity

“This cooperation based on our common faith is not only filled with fraternal communion, but is a manifestation of Christ himself…Moreover, ecumenical cooperation is a true school of ecumenism, a dynamic road to unity. Unity of action leads to the full unity of faith: Through such cooperation, all believers in Christ are able to learn easily how they can understand each other better and esteem each other more, and how the road to the unity of Christians may be made smooth.” – St. John Paul II, On Commitment to Ecumenism

We carry the Lord’s heart for unity among all who believe (cf Jn 17:21), and work with the Holy Spirit to build bridges with Christians of all denominations. On occasion we will welcome those Christian leaders from whom our leaders are in relationship with to present to our students.

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.