All satellite campus leaders and instructors are graduates of the Encounter School of Ministry and strive to live out the ESM Core Values.
Miriam’s passion is helping people embrace their identity and destiny in Christ as a beloved child of the Father. She has travelled to countries on four continents to lead others to experience a personal Pentecost and freedom in Christ. Miriam is the President of Our Lady of Divine Fire Mission whose apostolate includes the Kingston Campus of the Encounter School of Ministry. Miriam has a Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville and a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Cenacle of Our Lady of Divine Providence School of Spiritual Direction. She serves on the Board of Renewal Ministries Canada, Heart of the Father (Unbound) Ministries and Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO, Campus ministry).
Miriam and her husband Bill are members of St. Paul the Apostle parish in Kingston. They have a grown son and three delightful grandchildren who call them “Oma” and “Opa.”
Fr. Brian McNally
Chaplain and Advisor
Father Brian is a priest of the Archdiocese of Kingston. Ordained in 1970, he has served in a variety of parishes within the Archdiocese, as well as in pastoral health care ministry in Hotel Dieu and Kingston General Hospitals over many years. He has been Dean of the Northern and Western Deaneries, with related archdiocesan responsibilities.
Since retiring from parish ministry in 2020, Father Brian has been living on his 1831 family farm along the Upper Rideau Lake between Westport and Newboro. He remains actively engaged in priestly ministry, including celebrating parish Masses as needed, and offering spiritual direction and sacramental ministry. On the diocesan level, he is the Archbishop’s Liaison for Senior Priests, spiritual advisor to the Women’s Fall Retreat Team, and chaplain to Our Lady of Divine Fire Mission and its Encounter School of Ministry. He is enthusiastic about the ways in which he sees the Lord pouring out new graces upon His Church and world during these very challenging times.
Born and raised in Ghana, Maame moved to Kingston in 2017 to attend graduate school at Queen’s University. She is a parishioner at Joseph’s Parish, serving as a lector. Maame is stepping out to share her God-given ministry gifts (which she is still discovering) with the church. Her heartfelt prayer is to see each person in the church become aware and embrace their identity as a child of God together with the “perks” that come with it.
Cynthia has a desire for people to encounter the person of Jesus who redeems, restores, and recreates hearts and lives. Cynthia loves worshipping God through music. She and her husband Michael attend St. Paul the Apostle Parish where they are lectors and retired music leaders. Cynthia is working on her Master of Theology degree from the Augustine Institute, and she has a thirst for encountering the Lord in his Word. She is retiring from her work as a care coordinator in home care effective 1 January 2021 to embark on the new adventure Jesus has for her and Michael. They have three children; two sons and a daughter in their 20’s. Cynthia enjoys the outdoors, particularly winter activities, meeting new people, travelling and a good cup of coffee.
Mary has been married to Dave Tudin for 50+ years. They have 2 children and 3 lovely granddaughters. They are truly part of the local limestone as they have made Kingston their home since 1974. At the heart of the matter, like a great spider’s web with Jesus at the center, Mary loves to reach out to people and connect them to each other and to their Saviour. Like a spider which often replaces its web daily, she knows that God, the Master Designer, renews His graces to us each morning. Her prayer is to discover her gifts so that she can use them for the good of the Church. With the assurance that God’s gifts are received to be given away, she delights to share gems of truth with others and see them appropriate these golden nuggets for themselves; so that they can demonstrate the supernatural love and power of God in their sphere of influence.
Cost of Tuition
Pay $200 USD per quarter ($800 USD / year) or pay a reduced tuition of $700 USD at the beginning of the year.
Applications for September 2023 open in January.
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 Free Admission to the annual Encounter Conference (in-person or online ticket).
In total, textbooks for Year 1 will cost approximately $75 – $100 (not including shipping): Quarter 1: The Spiritual Gifts Handbook by Dr. Mary Healy & Dr. Randy Clark | Quarter 2: Lord, Renew Your Wonders by Damian Stayne | 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
Students will receive a binder for the year that they are encouraged to bring each week and store their weekly student handouts, supplemental reading, and homework assignments. Some students opt to bring a laptop to take down notes, but many do not. We encourage you to purchase a journal on your own for class use. Once onsite students receive their badges, it is required that this is worn at each class and any ministry opportunities they participate in