What is Encounter School of Ministry?
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. Year 1 and Year 2 classes are both available in 2022-2023 at the DC Campus. 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 “Enroll in Year 1” button to apply.
- If you have completed the Year 1 class, please click on the “Enroll in Year 2” button to enroll in the Year 2 class.
Where & When?
Starting September 13, 2022
Classes Meet Every Tuesday
6:00 – 9:00 PM
Mother of God School | Gymnasium
20501 Goshen Rd, Gaithersburg, MD 20879, United States
Reviewed & Approved by the archdiocese of Washington.
Meet our Team
Director DC Satellite
Fr. Diogo Escudero
Fr. Diogo has been touched profoundly by the Holy Spirit and has joined the Encounter DC leadership team to help bring awareness to the tremendous grace given to us through the baptism in the Holy Spirit.
Dr. Andre Leyva
Dr. Fernando Andre Leyva is a Psychologist who loves Jesus Christ and who wants others to experience a life-changing encounter with Him.
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.
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.
Bob is the operations manager of Encounter DC. He is also a member of Mother of God Community and St. John Neuman parish.
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.
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.
Deacon Jason Lewis
Deacon 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. Deacon Jason 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.
Deacon 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 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.
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.
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.
Ben is the worship leader for Encounter DC. He regularly leads worship for Mother of God Community prayer meetings and events.
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.
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We want to express our gratitude to the Lord for all he did at our most recent events. Many were touched, many grew in their ability to hear God’s voice, and people were healed. God is so wonderful! He has a tremendous plan for you. Do you want to grow in intimacy with Jesus? Do you want to know your tremendous dignity in Christ? Do you want to experience greater freedom and to be used in a powerful way by the Holy Spirit to love others and to build the Kingdom of God. We encourage you to enroll in the Encounter School of Ministry! We look forward to serving you.