The Encounter School of Ministry is a powerful, inspirational course that can transform your life (watch the video to the left). Many experience greater intimacy with Our Lord, greater security in their identity as a child of God, and feel more equipped to love and serve those around them in the power of the Holy Spirit. We would love to have you join us in our next school!

The Encounter School consists of 2 years of teaching and training. Classes will be recorded and uploaded online to the Student Dashboard so that all students will be able to watch the presentations if they were unable to attend the class in person. Upon finishing Year 2, all students will receive a certificate of completion. You must complete Year 1 before enrolling in Year 2.

  • If you have not completed the Year 1 class, please click on the “Apply—Year 1” button to apply.
  • If you have completed the Year 1 class, please click on the “Enroll—Year 2” button to update your tuition preferences for the Year 2 class.

2-Year Curriculum

Year 1

Q1: Identity & Transformation
Q2: Hearing God’s Voice & Prophetic Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Q3: Power & Healing
Q4: Inner Healing

Year 2

Q5: Intimacy with God
Q6: Advanced Ministry Training
Q7: Power Evangelization
Q8: Leadership & Deployment

Classroom Environment

Each class includes a time of worship, testimony, teaching sessions, activations and small group time. Light refreshments will be served.

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.

Where & When?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location

Mother of God School | Gym
20501 Goshen Road, Gaithersburg, MD 20879

2024-25 Class Schedule

Classes Start:
September 2024

Classes Date/Time:
TUESDAYS from 6:15-9PM

Application Deadline:
October  2024

Fully Endorsed

Reviewed & Approved by the archdiocese of Washington.

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.

Meet our Team

Mark Gargulinski

Mark Gargulinski

Director DC Satellite

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.

Dr. Fernando Andre Leyva

Dr. Andre Leyva

Teacher

Dr. Fernando Andre Leyva is a Psychologist who loves Jesus Christ and who wants others to experience a life-changing encounter with Him.

Theresa Leyva

Theresa Leyva

Teacher

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.

John Roeder

John Roeder

Teacher

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 Roeder

Betsy Roeder

Teacher

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.

Don James

Don James

Technical Director

Don served on the Mother of God Community Council for 8 years and has helped lead multiple Life in the Spirit courses at several parishes in the local area. He is grateful for the opportunity to serve the Encounter School of Ministry DC Campus and looks forward to seeing God’s blessing on all participants.

Marianne Rodriguez

Marianne Rodriguez

Administrative Assistant

Marianne is a Year 2 student with the Encounter School of Ministry. She believes in living radically for Christ and enjoys climbing mountains to find Him and His disciples. Favorite memories include visiting the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, AZ, the Chapel on the Rock in Colorado (where St. John Paul II stayed during his trip in 1993), climbing Machu Picchu en route to Santisimo Sacramento Parish in Peru, attending Mass on the Solemnity of Mary in Japan, and climbing Cross Mountain in Medjugorje. She hopes to go on pilgrimage to 6 of the 7 continents and walk the Camino de Santiago someday. Marianne has been active as a Lector, homeless shelter volunteer, and prayer minister. She is from Cleveland, OH.

Deacon Jason Lewis

Fr. Jason Lewis

Teacher

Fr. Jason Lewis is a member of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception. He is the co-author of After Suicide: There’s Hope for Them and for You. He has made numerous TV, video, and radio appearances, including EWTN’s 13-part series, The Cenacle of Divine Mercy II, and EWTN Live. He has lead various retreats and pilgrimages for priests, religious, and lay faithful. His heart-filled talks cover a wide range of Catholic topics, including specialties in the Message of The Divine Mercy, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and many issues facing the human person in the modern world.

Fr. Jason has completed his S.T.L. coursework at Catholic University of America and has conducted his thesis research on Divine Mercy and its intrinsic relationship to the Paschal Mystery of Christ. He has a Master’s degree in theology from Catholic University and completed his master’s work in philosophy from the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Tom Singer

Tom Singer

Teacher

Tom was the Coordinator of the Mother of God Community for 8 years. 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.

Raymund Sucgang

Raymund Sucgang

Worship Leader & Ministry Associate

Raymund has been with the Couples for Christ community for over thirty years. Together with his wife Sally, they lead small groups and conduct retreats for married couples. He is a worship leader and an avid student of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Raymund graduated from the Encounter School of Ministry in May 2023 and has since led many workshops on the gifts of the Holy Spirit for his community.

Ben Gargulinski

Ben Gargulinski

Worship Leader

Ben is the worship leader for Encounter DC. He regularly leads worship for Mother of God Community prayer meetings and events.

Bob McCambridge

Bob McCambridge

Teacher

Bob is the operations manager of Encounter DC. He is also a member of Mother of God Community and St. John Neuman parish.

Kathy Troxell

Kathy Troxell

Teacher

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.

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Encounter School Summer Intensive!

Monday July 29—August 1, 2024

2024 Summer Intensive Postcard - front side.

2024 Summer Intensive Postcard - back side.

Experience the first 4 quarters of the Encounter School of Ministry in just 4 days!

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.

The Summer Intensive is a powerful experience that helps bridge the gap between the supernatural lifestyle of Jesus and the everyday experience of many believers. Focusing on topics from the first four quarters of Encounter School of Ministry, participants get a taste of the joy, transformation, and renewal that is at the heart of Encounter’s mission!

  1. July 29: Identity & Transformation
  2. July 30: Hearing God’s Voice &
    the Prophetic Gifts of the Holy Spirit
  3. July 31: Power & Healing
  4. Aug 1: Inner Healing & Freedom

Each night starts at 6pm and ends at 9pm, though on some of the nights it could be extended for prayer ministry.

Invite Your Friends: Download the flyer and send to your friends. Join our Ambassador program. When you purchase a ticket to this event, you will be given a unique referral code. Share that with those you invite and when they purchase a ticket for the full conference, you will get $20 back toward the price you paid for your ticket!

Follow this link to register and get more information:
https://encounterschooldc.org/summer-intensive-come-and-see/

Download the postcard.

 

Questions?

 

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