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Learn to Live a Supernatural Lifestyle

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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.

 

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Why a 2-Year Ministry School?

This short video gives an overview of the Encounter School of Ministry (ESM) explained by co-founders, Fr. Mathias Thelen and Patrick Reis, along with members of Encounter Ministries. Our Satellite Campus follows the curriculum, core values and classroom environment explained in this video, but is led by a local team who receive ongoing training and formation from the Encounter Ministries and Encounter School of Ministry leadership team.

 

OUR CAMPUS

Location:

St. Philip the Apostle Church

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The Los Angeles Campus is a satellite school of the Encounter School of Ministry (ESM) founded by Fr. Mathias Thelen and Patrick Reis. Our leadership and instructors have been trained and equipped by ESM and receive ongoing formation through Encounter Ministries.

2023-2024 Class Schedule

 

General Info

FRIDAY Evenings from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm (5:30 Worship)

Typical Class Night Schedule:

5:30   Praise & Worship, Testimonies

6:00   Small Group

6:45   Session 1

7:45   Break

8:00   Session 2

9:00   Dismissal

 

COURSES

2-Year Curriculum

Classroom Environment

Each class includes a time of worship, testimony, teaching sessions, activations and small group time.

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.

 

TEAM MEMBERS

All satellite campus leaders and instructors are graduates of the Encounter School of Ministry and strive to live out the ESM Core Values.

Dr. Sean Tobin

Co-Director
Bio

Dr. Sean Tobin is the Co-Director of our ESM LA campus, where he also serves as a worship leader and teacher. Sean is a Clinical Psychologist by trade, and is a co-founder of the Divine Mercy Clinic – a Catholic mental health center in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. With a background in philosophy and theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, as well as multiple graduate psychology degrees, including a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, from Divine Mercy University and Azusa Pacific University, his focus on integrating faith and psychology is evident through his doctoral dissertation on “Exorcism, Deliverance, and Psychotherapy.” His personal journey in religious life and academia uniquely equip him for helping others, as his passion lies in fostering intimacy with God and in healing the whole person. Alongside his wife, Nicole, and their two children, Sean is dedicated to nurturing Christian unity and a culture of Pentecost within the Catholic tradition.

Nicole Tobin

Co-Director
Bio

Nicole is the Co-Director of our ESM LA campus. Holding a master’s degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Nicole combines academic depth with a fervent spirituality. With dedication to personal growth and a passion for deepening one’s connection with the Lord, Nicole is a bold prophetic daughter of God. Together with her husband Sean, they form an inspiring couple devoted to igniting the fire within the Church and nurturing the vitality of believers. Having relocated from Canada to Los Angeles County in 2014, the couple’s journey has been marked by a shared mission to cultivate a vibrant faith community. With two young children, Noah and Ava, who are already demonstrating their prophetic potential, Sean and Nicole lead by example, showcasing the beauty of family and ministry integration. Nicole’s roots in a charismatic-Catholic upbringing enrich her leadership, as she serves to advance the Kingdom of God and bring unity in the Body of Christ.

Kristene Bremer

Teacher/Y2 Overseer
Bio

Kristine Bremer serves as the Director of Engagement and Encounter at Our Lady of Malibu, a small, wonderful parish situated off the beautiful coast of Malibu. Before entering full time ministry for the Church in 2022, Kristine spent six years in corporate America, consulting with companies on how to improve various processes and their culture and also ministering to coworkers and clients. Having grown up cradle-Catholic in Europe as a military child, it wasn’t until freshman year of college at the University of Georgia, where Kristine learned she could have a relationship with a living and active God, as well as discovered the power of the Gospel. She quickly fell deeply in love with Jesus, told Him she would always say, “yes” to Him, and has never looked back. This is how she ended up in Los Angeles in 2021 and working for the Church in 2022–life is truly an adventure with God. Kristine loves to spend time with her family and friends.

Amanda Timko

Worship/Administration/Teacher
Bio

Amanda is an integral part of ESM Los Angeles team, serving especially through Worship, Administration and Teaching. Beyond her role here, she serves as the Director of Youth Ministry and Confirmation at St. Dorothy, recognizing the significance of guiding young believers in their faith journey. Amanda’s commitment spans across diverse ministries, including Music Ministry, Altar Serving, Young Adult Ministry, and the Italian Catholic Federation. Her interests are as varied as her talents – from Barbershop Quartet singing with Sweet Adelines International to roller derby and baking delectable desserts. Amanda’s educational background from St. Dorothy, St. Lucy’s High School, and the University of La Verne, where she studied music, enrich her contributions. Her formative years within St. Dorothy’s youth group have deeply shaped her devotion to the Catholic faith and the Eucharist. Amanda radiates excitement for the future of the Church, especially through the teaching ministry of Encounter.

Fr. Jorge Garcia

Chaplain
Bio

Fr. Jorge Garcia serves as a source of inspiration and spiritual guidance as Chaplain to the ESM LA campus. He has a unique passion for healing ministry and fostering a profound connection with the Trinity. A distinguished priest of the diocese of San Bernardino, Fr. Jorge serves as the rector of the minor seminary. Currently in his second year as an Encounter Student, he exudes an infectious enthusiasm for the transformative power of the program, testifying to its profound impact on his own priesthood. Rooted in a childlike faith and marked by his unassuming presence, Fr. Jorge ardently champions believers “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling” (Eph 4:1). His devotion to St. Joseph stands as a testament to his own desire to connect individuals with the Father’s love, a longing that resonates deeply within his heart.

Dr. Sean Tobin

Co-Director
Bio

Dr. Sean Tobin is the Co-Director of our ESM LA campus, where he also serves as a worship leader and teacher. Sean is a Clinical Psychologist by trade, and is a co-founder of the Divine Mercy Clinic – a Catholic mental health center in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. With a background in philosophy and theology from the Franciscan University of Steubenville, as well as multiple graduate psychology degrees, including a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, from Divine Mercy University and Azusa Pacific University, his focus on integrating faith and psychology is evident through his doctoral dissertation on “Exorcism, Deliverance, and Psychotherapy.” His personal journey in religious life and academia uniquely equip him for helping others, as his passion lies in fostering intimacy with God and in healing the whole person. Alongside his wife, Nicole, and their two children, Sean is dedicated to nurturing Christian unity and a culture of Pentecost within the Catholic tradition.

Nicole Tobin

Co-Director
Bio

Nicole is the Co-Director of our ESM LA campus. Holding a master’s degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Nicole combines academic depth with a fervent spirituality. With dedication to personal growth and a passion for deepening one’s connection with the Lord, Nicole is a bold prophetic daughter of God. Together with her husband Sean, they form an inspiring couple devoted to igniting the fire within the Church and nurturing the vitality of believers. Having relocated from Canada to Los Angeles County in 2014, the couple’s journey has been marked by a shared mission to cultivate a vibrant faith community. With two young children, Noah and Ava, who are already demonstrating their prophetic potential, Sean and Nicole lead by example, showcasing the beauty of family and ministry integration. Nicole’s roots in a charismatic-Catholic upbringing enrich her leadership, as she serves to advance the Kingdom of God and bring unity in the Body of Christ.

Amanda Timko

Worship/Administration/Teacher
Bio

Amanda is an integral part of ESM Los Angeles team, serving especially through Worship, Administration and Teaching. Beyond her role here, she serves as the Director of Youth Ministry and Confirmation at St. Dorothy, recognizing the significance of guiding young believers in their faith journey. Amanda’s commitment spans across diverse ministries, including Music Ministry, Altar Serving, Young Adult Ministry, and the Italian Catholic Federation. Her interests are as varied as her talents – from Barbershop Quartet singing with Sweet Adelines International to roller derby and baking delectable desserts. Amanda’s educational background from St. Dorothy, St. Lucy’s High School, and the University of La Verne, where she studied music, enrich her contributions. Her formative years within St. Dorothy’s youth group have deeply shaped her devotion to the Catholic faith and the Eucharist. Amanda radiates excitement for the future of the Church, especially through the teaching ministry of Encounter.

Kristene Bremer

Teacher/Y2 Overseer
Bio

Kristine Bremer serves as the Director of Engagement and Encounter at Our Lady of Malibu, a small, wonderful parish situated off the beautiful coast of Malibu. Before entering full time ministry for the Church in 2022, Kristine spent six years in corporate America, consulting with companies on how to improve various processes and their culture and also ministering to coworkers and clients. Having grown up cradle-Catholic in Europe as a military child, it wasn’t until freshman year of college at the University of Georgia, where Kristine learned she could have a relationship with a living and active God, as well as discovered the power of the Gospel. She quickly fell deeply in love with Jesus, told Him she would always say, “yes” to Him, and has never looked back. This is how she ended up in Los Angeles in 2021 and working for the Church in 2022–life is truly an adventure with God. Kristine loves to spend time with her family and friends.

Fr. Jorge Garcia

Chaplain
Bio

Fr. Jorge Garcia serves as a source of inspiration and spiritual guidance as Chaplain to the ESM LA campus. He has a unique passion for healing ministry and fostering a profound connection with the Trinity. A distinguished priest of the diocese of San Bernardino, Fr. Jorge serves as the rector of the minor seminary. Currently in his second year as an Encounter Student, he exudes an infectious enthusiasm for the transformative power of the program, testifying to its profound impact on his own priesthood. Rooted in a childlike faith and marked by his unassuming presence, Fr. Jorge ardently champions believers “to walk in a manner worthy of the calling” (Eph 4:1). His devotion to St. Joseph stands as a testament to his own desire to connect individuals with the Father’s love, a longing that resonates deeply within his heart.

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Cost of Tuition

Satellite Campus

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 The tuition for the upcoming school year is $250 per quarter (with a discount if you pay by the year). Required books and Mission Trips cost extra.

Enrollment Period
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 Half Price Admission to the annual Encounter Conference (in-person or online ticket).

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Tuition & Financial Aid
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Graduation & Curriculum

Course Materials

 

Additional Reading

In total, textbooks for Year 1 will cost approximately $75 – $100 (not including shipping): Quarter 1: Supernatural Saints by Patrick Reis | Quarter 2: The Spiritual Gifts Handbook by Dr. Mary Healy & Dr. Randy Clark |  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

Application Process
The application is free. Applications are accepted until halfway through Q1. You will receive submission confirmation as we begin our discernment process. You should be notified within two weeks.

Basic Requirements
– A min. of 18 years of age or High School graduate
– You do not need to be Catholic to apply

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Thank You to
Our Bishop

We are grateful to the bishops who have reviewed the work of Encounter Ministries and the Encounter School of Ministry, welcomed us to their diocese and have offered support and encouragement for this mission.

All Bishop Approvals >

 

Encounter School
Testimonies

MEDIA

REVIVE | Fremont High School, NE

Encounter School of Ministry students join Patrick Reis and Fr. Walter Nolte at a Nebraska High School.

Encounter Conference | 2022

Flagship Event | We seek to gather leaders of revival in the Church to encounter God’s refreshment, encouragement and impartation of greater anointing for ministry. Tickets >

 

FEARLESS Documentary

Veteran filmmaker Maura Smith takes us on a compelling journey of discovery into the world of supernatural divine power. Following the journey of Encounter Ministries, we see miracles of God through the hands of ordinary people.

Why a 2-Year School of Ministry?

Designed and established from the heart of Encounter Ministries, this school draws from the richness of our Catholic heritage as we seek to teach, equip, and activate disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in their spheres of influence.

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