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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. Mary of the Assumption

1003 Bridge St. Charlevoix, MI 49720


The Charlevoix 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.

2024-2025 Class Schedule

General Info 

Apply NOW for the 2 year Encounter School of Ministry beginning September 2024.

Classes Meet: Mondays 6-9pm September 2024 – May 2025


Typical Class Night Schedule

5:45pm Praise and Worship, Testimonies

6:15 Small Groups

6:45 Session 1

7:45 Break

8:00 Session 2

9:00 Dismissal


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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.

Kerry Keyser

Meet Kerry!

Kerry Keyser is passionate about leading others into the heart of Jesus to experience the Father’s love for them through her teaching, her worship during adoration and her original piano compositions for prayer. Kerry is a 2022 Encounter School of Ministry Graduate. She has a M.A. in Clinical Psychology, certification in Spiritual Direction, is a Religion/Living Our Faith Teacher, a composer of music for prayer, and beloved wife.

Jeff Crane

Meet Jeff!

Jeff is a convert to the Catholic Church, and a 2022 Encounter graduate. Jeff was an ordained Lutheran minister and has served in many different ministerial settings including hospital/ hospice chaplaincy, Appalachian outreach coordinator, lay pastoral assignments, retreat ministry, and other leadership functions. He has a profound regard for the mystical grounding of the Church and the flow of grace which moves through the Spirit making God present moment to moment and age to age. “Christ is making all things new. Let us journey together.”

Fr. Peter Wigton

Chaplain and Advisor
Meet Fr Peter!

Fr. Peter Wigton is a priest of the Diocese of Gaylord, currently living and serving at St. Mary Parish in Charlevoix and at Holy Cross Parish on Beaver Island.  He is a 2021 graduate of the Encounter School of Ministry’s Main Campus.  He has an M.Div and a M.A. in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical College Josephinum, and an S.T.B. from the Lateran University in Rome.  Fr. Peter is driven by desire to see the Gospel come fully alive and to see God’s people experience the joy of being filled with the Holy Spirit.

Steve Tillotson

Logistics and Support
Meet Steve!

Stephen Tillotson is a child of God, a cradle Catholic, a husband, a father of 10, and an engineer.  God unexpectedly called him into the life of the Spirit in 2019 when his daughter was healed of an ear infection in response to his prayer. Steve graduated from the Encounter School of Ministry (Online campus) in 2022. He seeks to minister out of his identity as a child of God and to be a conduit of God’s love for others, especially those who are suffering.


Cost of Tuition

Satellite Campus


Pay $300 USD per quarter ($1200 USD / year) or pay a reduced tuition of $1000 USD at the beginning of the year.


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).


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


Other Materials
Students will receive a binder for the year that they are encouraged to bring each week and store their weekly student handouts, supplemental reading, and homework assignments. Some students opt to bring a laptop to take down notes, but many do not. We encourage you to purchase a journal on your own for class use. Once onsite students receive their badges, it is required that this is worn at each class and any ministry opportunities they participate in




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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