Learn to Live a Supernatural Lifestyle
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.
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.
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.
2022-2023 Class Schedule
Classes Start: Mondays 6-9pm starting September 2023
Applications are now being accepted for the 2023-2024 school year.
Typical Class Night Schedule
6:00 Praise and Worship, Testimonies
6:45 Session 1
8:00 Session 2
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Q5: Power Evangelization
Q6: Advanced Ministry Training
Q7: Intimacy with God
Q8: Leadership & Deployment
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.
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.
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.
Cost of Tuition
Pay $250 USD per quarter ($1000 USD / year) or pay a reduced tuition of $900 USD at the beginning of the year.
Join us for a FREE TRIAL Sep. 19, 26 and Oct. 3.
Application deadline is Friday, October 7.
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 Free Admission to the annual Encounter Conference (in-person or online ticket).
Tuition & Financial Aid
Graduation & Curriculum
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 >
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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