MARTIN AND DONNA BRENNAN
Martin and Donna are the Co-Directors of ESM Brisbane campus. They were married in 1995 and are blessed with seven children. Throughout their teenage, young adult and married years Martin and Donna have always been active in the Church with ministries focussed on evangelisation. In 1988 Martin and Donna were ‘reborn in the Spirit’ (John 3:5) a transforming encounter of the love of God that super-charged their service to His Bride. Their faith journey has been supernaturally blessed with miracles, healings and providence from the accompaniment and intercession in particular of St Therese of Lisieux, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St Joseph and Pope St John Paul II. At World Youth Day 1991 Pope Saint John Paul II personally welcomed and commissioned Donna in the closing mass to receive and return with the ‘Light of Christ’ as the Australasian youth representative of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference. In 2018 Martin and Donna relocated their family to Brisbane Queensland, Australia, for reasons the Holy Spirit continues to unfold. In 2020 during COVID Martin was inspired to initiate a ‘virtual Pentecost Pilgrimage’ attracting international speakers and tens of thousands of pilgrims from ninety countries during that period of global lockdowns and isolation. Martin and Donna have a call on their lives for igniting the Asia-Pacific in the love of Christ and His Church with the launch of ESM Brisbane as a key ‘beach head’ for the Southern Hemisphere. Despite conventional wisdom, Martin and Donna launched a thriving hospitality business during the height of the COVID pandemic, Donna is currently coordinator of ‘Alpha in the Catholic Context – Australia’. Martin has had an international business career and holds a bachelor degree and a Masters in Business Administration.
This diocese has reviewed and welcomed 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.
Full of Joy and Hope
The ESM Brisbane leadership team is full of joy and hope in expectation of the new work Jesus is doing through Encounter in Brisbane Australia. The team are full of excitement for the foundations being placed, especially their role in the alignment of an online ESM for the broader Asia Pacific region time zones. The team comprises Fr Neville Yun, a busy Brisbane diocesan priest with a heart for the renewal of the Church, former chaplain to the Emmanuel Community Brisbane, currently based at Mother of Mercy Catholic parish, Northgate, Hendra and Hamilton Brisbane. Luke and Carolyn McCormack are parents of six beautiful children. Luke is Chairman of the Emmanuel Community Advisory Board and a former senior supervisor of NET ministries. Luke holds a Bachelor of Theology and is State Director of the Australian Family Association. Carolyn is the founder of Mother Effect, currently on maternity leave from her role as a parish associate, she is currently a full time carer of her family. Carolyn continues to be highly active in various ministries in particular furthering the growth of ‘Mother Effect’ throughout Australia.
Summer Intensive: February 3-6, 2022
The Summer Intensive Conference is an evening school that provides a survey of the content offered in the first four quarters of the Encounter School of Ministry over a fast four day period. The content covered includes Identity & Transformation, Power & Healing, Hearing God & The Prophetic Gifts, Inner Healing & Freedom. ***Registration Coming Soon***
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