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Drawing from the richness of our Catholic heritage, we seek to teach, equip and activate disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in their sphere of influence.


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Why a 2-Year Ministry School?

This short video gives an overview of the Encounter School of Ministry (ESM) explained by co-founders, Fr. Mathias Thelen and Patrick Reis, along with members of Encounter Ministries. Our Satellite Campus follows the curriculum, core values and classroom environment explained in this video, but is led by a local team who receive ongoing training and formation from the Encounter Ministries and Encounter School of Ministry leadership team.



St. Mark’s Catholic Church
7960 W Northview St, Boise, ID 83704


This campus is a satellite school of the Encounter School of Ministry (ESM) founded by Fr. Mathias Thelen and Patrick Reis. Our leadership and instructors have been trained and equipped by ESM and receive ongoing formation through Encounter Ministries.

2024-25 Class Schedule


All September classes are free & open to those discerning applying to the school.

General Info
Application Deadline: Oct. 4, 2024
All Classes Start: Fall 2024
All Classes Date/Time: WEDNESDAYS from 6-9PM

Typical Class Night Schedule:
5:45   Praise & Worship
6:30   Session 1
7:30   Break
7:45   Session 2
8:45   Small Group Time
9:00   Dismissal



2-Year Curriculum

Classroom Environment

Each class includes a time of worship, testimony, teaching sessions, activations and small group time.

When do we meet?

Faithful Teaching

Before approval, our curriculum undergoes a rigorous academic curriculum review with a team of respected Catholic theologians, including  Dr. Mary Healy, Dr. Alan Schreck, Dr. Daniel Keating, Rev. Peter F. Ryan, S.J., and Dr. Robert Fastiggi.

Not only did they work to guarantee that the curriculum is free from moral and doctrinal error and rooted deeply in Scripture, official Church teaching and the testimony of the early Church fathers, but they helped to provide greater precision and accuracy in the curriculum to diminish possible confusion and ensure full continuity with Church teaching.

This campus has been reviewed and approved by the bishop of this diocese.


 All satellite campus leaders and instructors are graduates of the Encounter School of Ministry and strive to live out the ESM Core Values.

Marisela Baca

Leadership Team Member

Marisela serves as the Executive Assistant to the Bishop and Vicar General for the Diocese of Boise. She is excited to see the transformation that will take place from a treasure chest of God’s love and goodness that will be fully opened by the school through the Holy Spirit.

Tammy Emerich

Leadership Team Member

Tammy serves as the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Boise..

Andrew Furphy

Leadership Team Member

Andrew serves as the Director of Youth and Young Adult for the Diocese of Boise. He is excited to see God come alive in the faithful and for them to more fully evangelize those around them.

Fr. Caleb Vogel

Leadership Team Member

Fr. Vogel serves as the Vicar General for the Diocese of Boise.

Christian Welp

Leadership Team Member

Christian serves as the Director of Diocesan Projects for the Diocese of Boise. He looks forward to seeing the impact God will have through this school on our diocese.


Cost of Tuition

Satellite Campus


 The tuition for the upcoming school year is $250 per quarter (with a discount if you pay by the year). Required books and Mission Trips cost extra.

Enrollment Period
Students enroll and pay tuition for one year at a time. Classes usually start mid-September and run through May. Official dates and class times vary per campus. Upon completion of the 2nd Year School of Ministry, students receive a graduation certificate.

Tuition includes Half Price Admission to the annual Encounter Conference (in-person or online ticket).


Application Process
Tuition & Financial Aid
Enrollment Requirements
Graduation & Curriculum

Course Materials


Additional Reading

In total, textbooks for Year 1 will cost approximately $75 – $100 (not including shipping): Quarter 1: Supernatural Saints by Patrick Reis | Quarter 2: The Spiritual Gifts Handbook by Dr. Mary Healy & Dr. Randy Clark |  Quarter 3: Healing: Bringing the Gift of God’s Mercy to the World by Dr. Mary Healy  |  Quarter 4: Be Healed by Dr. Bob Schuchts |  Deliverance Ministry by the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services Doctrinal Commission, Dr. Mary Healy

Application Process
The application is free. Applications are accepted until halfway through Q1. You will receive submission confirmation as we begin our discernment process. You should be notified within two weeks.

Basic Requirements
- A min. of 18 years of age or High School graduate
- You do not need to be Catholic to apply



Thank You to
Our Bishop

We are grateful to the bishops who have reviewed the work of Encounter Ministries and the Encounter School of Ministry, welcomed us to their diocese and have offered support and encouragement for this mission.

All Bishop Approvals >

Summer Event
4 Quarters in 2 Days

June 12, 2024 A Night of Encounter

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REVIVE | Fremont High School, NE

Encounter School of Ministry students join Patrick Reis and Fr. Walter Nolte at a Nebraska High School.

Encounter Conference | 2022

Flagship Event | We seek to gather leaders of revival in the Church to encounter God’s refreshment, encouragement and impartation of greater anointing for ministry. Tickets >


FEARLESS Documentary

Veteran filmmaker Maura Smith takes us on a compelling journey of discovery into the world of supernatural divine power. Following the journey of Encounter Ministries, we see miracles of God through the hands of ordinary people. 

Why a 2-Year School of Ministry?

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.

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St. Mark’s Catholic Church
7960 W Northview St, Boise, ID 83704

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