St Patrick Catholic Church Parish Life Center (PLC)
710 Rickett Rd, Brighton, MI 48116

Year 1 Students meet in PLC; Year 2 students meet in the church.

Class Schedule

Monday Evenings

  • Worship 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Sessions 6:45-900 p.m.

Year 1 Students meet in PLC; Year 2 students meet in the church.

Example Class Schedule

5:00 PM Worship, prayer, testimonies
6:45 PM Lesson #1
7:20 PM Activations
7:40 PM Break
8:00 PM Lesson #2
8:35 PM Activations
9:00 PM Closing Prayer

summer intensive

Special Summer Event Aug 1-3 | The Main Campus Summer Intensive  provides a survey of the first 4 quarters of the Encounter School of Ministry over a fast 4-day period. 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!

An ONLINE option is also available for those unable to attend Main Campus.


Our main campus is held at the Parish Life Center (PLC) of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton, Michigan. Here resides the founders and instructors of the Encounter School of Ministry, Fr. Mathias Thelen and Patrick Reis. We are blessed to receive instruction and guidance from Dr. Mary Healy of Sacred Heart Major Seminary (Detroit), and are grateful to our friends in ministry, Peter Herbeck of Renewal Ministries, Fr. Boniface Hicks O.S.B., as well as Aaron Richards and Dan DeMatte of Damascus for contributing to the instruction of our students.


 If you have a passion for songwriting, singing, or growing in musicality in the atmosphere of an open heaven, we our invite to apply for our Encounter Worship Community. Please note this is currently open for our Brighton Main Campus Students and Alumni only.


We celebrate an atmosphere of faith and childlike worship as we teach and activate the gifts of the Holy Spirit that flow from our supernatural identity in Christ and flow out as supernatural ministry for Christ. Throughout the year, students are invited to participate in Healing Services, street evangelization, sharing testimonies and more.

Exclusive Opportunities for our ESM Students:

Power Evangelization

We provide unique opportunites throughout the year for our students to step out in boldness and minister to those around them. This includes oportunities for:

  • Street evangelization
  • Serving on prayer teams during Healing Services
  • Nights of Prophetic Ministry and more

Worship Ministry

We encourage our students with musical gifts to volunteer and serve with our pre-school Praise and Worship ministry.

International Mission Trips

Our ESM students have an opportunity to travel with Encounter Ministries as we host international conferences, step out in boldness and explore our rich Catholic Heritage. 

Inner Healing Ministry

Our students have opportunites to serve in God’s mission to set captives free through the Inner Healing Ministry, which includes specialized training and experiences.

The Encounter School of Ministry is run by Encounter Ministries and  operates with permission of the Diocese of Lansing. 

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