Welcome to the Indianapolis Campus!



>> Registration Deadline: Sept. 10, 2021
Classes schedule : Mondays


Campus Leadership Team

Campus Director

Tom Ponchak is a passionate disciple of Jesus. He studied theology at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and Asbury Theological Seminary. After several years in Catholic ministry, Tom and his wife, Lisa, left the Catholic Church and joined the Association of Vineyard Churches, a non-denominational, evangelical faith community. He was the founding pastor of Matthew’s House Vineyard Church in central Florida. Longing for the Eucharist and sacraments led them back into full communion with the Catholic Church. Tom is currently the Associate Director of Adult and Young Adult Faith Formation at St. Alphonsus Liguori parish. He has been married to Lisa for 28 years and they have six children.


Teaching Team

Lisa has been deeply captivated by God’s love and his desire to make himself known to us in a deeply personal way. She lives to hear God speak and it has become her passion to help others hear and discern his voice. She is a graduate of Franciscan University and has been involved in ministry for over 20 years.

Worship Leader

Craig is a spirit-filled disciple who has a heart for leading others to encounter the Holy Spirit through praise and worship. He spent four years as a full-time campus missionary with The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), and an additional three years as a Director of Philanthropy with FOCUS. He has been married to his wife Maria for 10 years, and is blessed with three children.

The Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indianahas welcomed the Encounter School of Ministry.

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.

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Read Bishop Doherty’s Letter of Welcome

Letter of Welcome

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Weekend School of Healing: June 4-5

Jesus promised, “These signs will accompany those who believe…They will lay hands on the sick and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17) Jesus has called us to do what he did, and that includes healing the sick. The Encounter School of Healing is a two-day conference to teach, impart and activate Catholics to be a more effective minister of Jesus’ healing in the world! Jesus wants to use you as an instrument of his divine healing. Are you going to give him the chance?

Summer Intensive: July 26-29, 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.  The content covered includes Identity & Transformation, Power & Healing, Hearing God & The Prophetic Gifts, Inner Healing & Freedom.  Keynote Speaker: Dr. Mary Healy.  

Use coupon code INDY before May 1st to get $10 off.

Healing Service: June 5

Experience the healing love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit. This healing service is free and open to all.

Watch the Fearless Documentary

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap. – Preacher to the Pontifical Household – “What I have appreciated most in the Fearless documentary is that healings are not seen as a goal in themselves but as “signs” of the presence of the Kingdom and the compassion of God, just as they were in the ministry of Jesus. Actions speak louder than words, and miracles speak louder than teachings.” 

Indianapolis Campus Inquiry

Indianapolis Campus Inquiry

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Recent Testimonies:

I am Worthy

I am Worthy

When I first came to the Encounter school I didn’t really know what to expect. I thought and hoped...

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