Welcome to the
Augusta, GA Campus!
Classes start September 17th
and continue weekly on Fridays…
Class of 2023
Q 1: 9/17/2021 to 11/5/2021
Q 2: 11/12/2021 to 1/14/2022
Q 3: 1/21/2022 to 3/18/2022
Q 4: 3/25/2022 to 5/20/2022
- 5:30 PM Worship, prayer, testimonies
- 6:45 PM Lesson #1
- 7:20 PM Activations
- 7:40 PM Break
- 8:00 PM Lesson #2
- 8:35 PM Activations
- 9:00 PM Closing Prayer
*Timings are approximate and may change depending on the class and content being covered…
Encounter Augusta Core Team
Gerry Martins is the Director of the Encounter School of Ministry – Augusta campus. Gerry is a full-time lay Catholic missionary with Family Missions Company, a Louisiana based apostolate. Gerry, his wife Mel and their five children currently live and serve in Augusta in the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia alongside the Alleluia Community. Originally born, raised and living in Asia for most of his life – Gerry, a professional photographer and Mel, a pre-primary educator had a dramatic ‘encounter’ with the LORD at a retreat in the mountains and they felt called to drop everything and follow HIM. Since then, the LORD has led them into a place of deeper intimacy and transformation, a life that is replete with miracles and adventure, and with a mission to empower others in the Holy Spirit!
Mary Kate McAdams is a Nurse Practitioner in Family Medicine and a Woman’s Coordinator in the Alleluia Community. She has been a lifetime, full covenant member of the Alleluia community since 2012, and she attends St. Joseph Catholic Church in Augusta, GA. She serves as a core-team and teaching member of Encounter Augusta.
Fr. John Johnson is a full covenant member of Alleluia Community. He was ordained to the Priesthood in 2007 for the Diocese of Savannah, GA. Fr. Johnson holds a BA degree in Humanities and Catholic Culture from Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH. He likewise holds M.Div. and MA degrees in Moral Theology from Mount St. Mary’s Seminary. In 2009, Fr. Johnson began studies at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in the Sacred Licentiate (STL) program and completed his work in 2012. His areas of research included Christian Anthropology, bioethics, and the moral implications of modern technology. He currently serves as the Pastor and University Chaplain of St. Matthew Catholic Church and Newman Center in Statesboro, GA, Associate Vocation Director for the Diocese of Savannah, and the diocesan chaplain to the CMA guild in the Diocese of Savannah, GA.
Dan Almeter is a long-time leader of the Alleluia Community, an ecumenical community in Augusta, Georgia. He was baptized in the Holy Spirit in 1970 and has been active in leadership within the Catholic Charismatic Renewal both nationally and internationally. He moderates the Alleluia Catholic Fellowship within the Diocese of Savannah which has produced about 15 priests and several religious. Dan is a licensed professional counselor and spiritual director. His background includes 6 years of seminary formation. For 40 years, he has overseen his community’s formation and leads the community’s healing/miracle team. Dan teaches and travels nationally and internationally, speaking to both clergy and laity primarily on 3 topics: growing in deeper prayer, ecumenism, and dealing with the truth about same sex attraction and the LGBT ideology. His book, Unity: on Earth as in Heaven, has just been translated into Polish. Dan is married to Marie for 41 years, has 6 children and 19 grandchildren.
Bert Funsch is a former high school teacher who now works full-time as a youth and young adult minister with the Alleluia Community in Augusta GA. He is a proud husband and father of five children and is the Associate Director of Encounter Augusta. He also chairs the Youth and Young Adult Task Force for the North American Network of Covenant Charismatic Communities and frequently travels to lead retreats and mission trips.
Daelyn Doughty is 18, born and raised in Augusta, Georgia, and is attending Augusta University after recently graduating from the Alleluia Community School. He is pursuing a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and attends First Presbyterian Church in Augusta.
David Rodriguez is a man after God’s heart and has a passion to see His church flourish with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. With 15 years of experience in ministry, David has facilitated bilingual lectures and preaching at retreats, youth groups, young adult server formation trainings, charismatic prayer groups and other events in the areas of chastity, marriage, healing and forgiveness, Catholic teaching, and scripture amongst other topics to hundreds of youth, young adults, and families. David has been a guest speaker at multiple events throughout the Northeast as well as in the Dominican Republic (his family’s country of origin). He has ministered with the Hispanic Catholic Charismatic Center in the Bronx New York, Luz de Cristo prayer group in New Jersey, and with Corazón Puro (a chastity ministry under the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal). David was blessed to receive formation under the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in the areas of theology of the body, chastity and human formation, as well as scripture and preaching training from Pablo Ballona Casa Del Padre ministry and other Hispanic Catholic Charismatic leaders. A dedicated husband and father, he lives with his wife Diana and their four children in Georgia since 2013.
My name is Mark Wilby. I am married to Sarah Wilby and together we have seven children and four grandchildren. I am a lawyer by trade. I live in Augusta, Georgia. I am a member and leader in an ecumenical Christian community located in Augusta called “Alleluia Community”. We have a number of different Christian denominations represented in our community which started in 1974. I had a powerful conversion experience when I was a senior in high school. I was baptized in the Holy Spirit at that time and the Father, Son and Holy Spirit have been living in me ever since. Wherever I go, they go. I have operated in spiritual gifts for a long time, but, in particular, over the last several years. I have had an increasing longing to grow in the spiritual gifts and the supernatural life of God and I believe Encounter is a significant part of that journey. I have a passion for the Kingdom of God and a growing passion to destroy the works of the enemy. I love Jesus!
This diocese has reviewed and welcomed the Encounter School of Ministry.
“I wish to express my support for the Encounter School of Ministry Campus in Augusta and my hope is that this new ministry will help toward forming more missionary disciples from the Diocese of Savannah and neighboring Dioceses.” – Bishop Stephen D. Parkes, D.D.
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.
Veteran filmmaker Maura Smith, takes us on a compelling journey of discovery into the world of supernatural divine power. We witness how ordinary people in a church, on the streets, and on college campuses ENCOUNTER God’s LOVE and PRESENCE. We see miracles of God through the hands of ordinary people. We see lives touched and changed in an instant because God speaks to them,touches them and heals them.
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