What is Encounter School of Ministry?
The Encounter School of Ministry values freedom and joy in our response to God’s goodness. We express this in our school culture through childlike worship. Classes begin with an extended time of praise as we cultivate our awareness of God’s manifest presence and celebrate together His goodness.
Drawing from the riches of Catholic Tradition and Scripture, the Encounter School of Ministry focuses on transformation through the renewal of the mind. Our students learn to think with Jesus through teaching sessions, homework, and discussion groups as they grow in their identity as royal sons and daughters of God.
The Encounter School of Ministry values class culture that is driven by freedom, risk-taking, empowerment, respect, healthy boundaries, humility, feedback, and docility. Our students are challenged to grow in their God-given identity through a high level of student interaction in activations, prayer, and worship. We see empowered lifestyles thrive as we celebrate the goodness of God in every step of student growth
The gifts of the Spirit are part of our inheritance in Christ that, among other things, are meant to equip us for mission. Activations are powerful spiritual opportunities that help us experience the fullness of our identity and bring heaven to earth.
Where & When?
Mother of God School | Gymnasium
20501 Goshen Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20879, United States
Classes Meet Every Tuesday
- Start: 6:00 PM
- End: 9:00 PM
Reviewed & Approved by the archdiocese of Washington.
Meet our Team
Director of Campus Operations
Originally from Sterling, Massachusetts, Mark is passionate about young people growing in a deeper understanding of the Christian faith. He initiated bringing Damian Stayne to the US, coordinating many of his events. Mark and his wife, Lea, have three children and two grandchildren.
Born in Paris, France, Jessica moved to the US to pursue studies in foreign service. She surrendered her life to God at age 20. She earned a master’s degree in pastoral studies and now works as an editor with The Word Among Us. Jessica and her husband, Scott, have four children.
John works for The Word Among Us and has been involved in ministry for thirty years, teaching marriage preparation, Life in the Spirit seminars, Alpha, and Catholic Bible studies. John is married to Betsy, and together they have raised five children.
Betsy has been in ministry for 30 years, serving in marriage preparation, music ministry, Alpha leadership, Life in the Spirit seminars, and Bible studies. She has also been blessed to connect pastors and parishes to The Word Among Us in her role as parish liaison. Betsy is married to John, and together they have five children, including identical twins.
When she was a young adult, Kathy unexpectedly discovered that Jesus is alive and is still active today. Since this experience, she still wakes up each day excited to discover what’s next on the journey. As a full-time business owner, Kathy’s goal is to serve in love and make time for what’s important. She and her husband, Danny, have five children and two granddaughters.
Theresa is a music teacher, choral conductor, and singer who has been involved in music ministry for many years. She sings with Heart of Mercy Worship, a group that provides music for healing Masses and retreats. Theresa is married to Andre, and together they have six grown children and five grandchildren.
Tom is currently the Coordinator of the Mother of God Community. One of his greatest passions is to proclaim the lordship of Jesus Christ and to help others encounter the inexhaustible love of our heavenly Lord.
Flora 'Flo' Dayberry
Originally from Canada, Flo began her apostolate as a catechist and youth minister. She has earned a certificate in pastoral counseling, and has worked with many individuals in anti-abuse advocacy. As a Third Order Benedictine of the Divine Will, Flora also facilitates advanced deliverance ministry.
Bob is the operations manager of Encounter DC. He is also a member of Mother of God Community and St. John Neuman parish.
Ben is the worship leader for Encounter DC. He regularly leads worship for Mother of God Community prayer meetings and events.
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Summer Intensive: July 19-22, 2021
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. This quick-paced, jam-packed course has attendees from around the globe and is designed for those desiring to attend the 2-Year Encounter School but who are unable to do so because of distance or schedule. Many of our current students received their call for the 2-year program at the Summer Intensive.
The Summer Intensive is a great opportunity to get to experience the presence and power of the Holy Spirit and become more deeply rooted in your identity as a son or daughter of God. I highly recommend the Summer Intensive at the Encounter Satellite Campus at Mother of God Community this summer.
I encourage all to please come and receive great instruction.”
Dr Mary Healy
Professor of Scripture
Sacred Heart Seminary