St Patrick Catholic Church
Parish Life Center (PLC)
711 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

Upcoming Events:

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. Jesus wants to use you as an instrument of his divine healing. Are you going to give him the chance? All Events >



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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