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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. Ann Parish

180 Samuel Blvd. Coppell, TX 75019



The Dallas 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
Monday nights beginning September 9th.

Typical Class Night Schedule:

5:45 to 6:30 – Praise & Worship
6:30 to 7:30 – Session 1
7:30 to 7:45 – Break
7:45 to 8:45 – Session 2
8:45 to 9:00 – Small group time & 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.

Brad Hubbard


Brad’s passion is to bring inner healing, deliverance, and freedom through Jesus Christ to as many people as possible. He was born on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary and has a deep devotion to Our Blessed Mother. Brad has been married to his amazing wife, Cindy, for 29 years and has two grown sons: Jacob and Joshua. They have lived in the Dallas area for 15 years and Brad is hungry for more of the Holy Spirit to be unleashed in North Texas.

Rachel Arend

Rachel loves to bring people into deeper intimacy with Jesus through music and receiving the Father’s Heart for others. She is a lover of worship and giving others the space and environment to experience true freedom and love in the Holy Spirit. Her passion is to make every person feel seen and known, and to accompany and empower them in their journey of healing and mission. Rachel is originally from Michigan, and her continuous yes to the Lord has led her to Texas where she finds joy in her days through writing music, spending time outside, and glorifying God through her work.

Curtis Wales

Curtis Wales is the Head of Safety and Security for Nokia. For more than 25 years, he has been actively involved in supporting the Catholic Church on a variety of Diocesan Committees, Parish Councils and Lay Apostolates. Curtis has both coordinated and spoken at numerous conferences, retreats, and parishes. Over the last six years Curtis has dedicated himself to both learning and practicing healing and deliverance ministries being trained by the John Paul II Healing Center, the Unbound Deliverance program, and the Encounter Ministries School. Curtis has seven children and lives in Irving, Texas.

Lisa Filip

Lisa hails from northern Illinois. She is passionate about all things Jesus After a radical encounter on her first mission trip she left corporate America and became sold off for Christ. She has a heart that burns for souls to know the love, healing, and freedom comes from an intimate relationship in Christ. Lisa has a BA in Communication, a MA in Theology, a Lay Leadership Certificate, as well as a graduate of the Encounter School. She’s worked as Director of Evangelization & Youth Faith Formation at the parish level, but her first love is in foreign missions. Lisa has a bold, and fearless faith that has taken her to bring the fire of God’s love to poorest of poor in the sands of Peru where she seen God move in power, and the miraculous. Her time in Peru has included shorts trips, as well as living for months at a time preaching, and proclaiming the gospel in power in various villages, homes, clinics, and prisons.

Trisha Quilici


Trisha was born and raised in California and recently moved to Texas from the Bay Area with her husband and three children. After her life-changing Encounter with Jesus through the Holy Spirit, she knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that Jesus was calling her to ministry. Her encounter with Christ fueled a hunger and passion to teach, preach, and be an instrument of God’s healing power and witness Jesus setting people free to fall in love with Him. She has a BA in Sociology, is certified in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, and has over 25 years of ministry and teaching experience. She is a graduate of the Encounter School. She serves as pastoral coordinator for Walking with Purpose, served on the National Evangelization Team, founding member of Rejoice! Lay community and Ministries, founding teacher at Canyon Heights Academy, founding Co-Director of Camp Thrive, founding member of Divine Mercy Healing Team, and a co-founder of All Things Women.

Adrian Alvarez

Adrian’s passion is to share Jesus with those who do not know Him and are in need of joy, comfort, hope, and healing. His dream is that everyone around him experiences Heaven and Home through the Presence of the Holy Spirit in his own life. Adrian was born and raised in Spain and moved to Texas for graduate school at Texas A&M University. Adrian works as an engineer and plays guitar. He loves to lead people to worship through music and prophecy. He has a deep devotion to Our Blessed Mother and loves to set Christians on fire.


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 >


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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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