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Learn to Live a Supernatural Lifestyle

2-Year Program: 

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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Spotlight:
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. Michael the Archangel Church
765 Co-Op City Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10475

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The NYC 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.

2024-25 Class Schedule

 

All September classes are free & open to those discerning applying to the school.

General Info
Application Deadline: Oct. 4, 2024
All Classes Start: September 2024
All Classes Date/Time: WEDNESDAYS from 6:30-9PM

Typical Class Night Schedule:
6:30   Praise & Worship, Testimonies
7:00   Small Groups
7:30   Session 1
8:15   Session 2

 

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.

Lauren Gentry

Campus Director
Bio

Lauren is passionate about sharing the wild love of the Heart of Christ, and she has a heart for revival in New York! She is blessed to have over fifteen years of experience in ministry. Lauren serves as the Director of Campus Ministry at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, after previously working as the Director of Youth Ministry and Discipleship for a parish in Queens for many years. Lauren travels and speaks for various youth and adult conferences, retreats, and ministry trainings. She has additional experience in teaching, equipping leaders, and in healing ministry. Lauren’s life has been transformed through the miracles of God, and her mission in ministry is to lead others into an encounter with the Lord by knowing their immense worth in Him. She desires to bring the transformative joy of the Lord’s love to everyone she serves. She believes in helping others to live authentically and fully alive through the power of the Holy Spirit and our authority in Jesus. Lauren graduated from the Encounter School of Ministry in 2023, and she has been a guest instructor at the Encounter School of Ministry in New Jersey. Lauren is a lover of all things beautiful, dark chocolate, a great worship playlist, pink sunsets, pretty journals, and outdoor adventures.

Vanessa Exil

Leadership Team
Bio

Vanessa, a dedicated and experienced educator, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in Psychology. She has a wealth of experience in various church roles, including catechist, altar server coordinator, and more. Passionate about sharing in the Father’s heart, she currently teaches pre-Confirmation classes, fostering a love for God’s joy, love, peace, compassion, and forgiveness. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, cooking, baking, listening to music, and admiring sunsets. Finding constant inspiration in sharing and witnessing God’s love displayed in these moments never ceases to amaze her.

Gilbert Rodriguez

Campus Team
Bio

Gilbert Rodriguez serves as the Associate Director of Adult Faith Formation in the Archdiocese of New York with over 24 years of experience in ministry, including worship, youth and young adult ministry, preaching/teaching, and healing and deliverance. He earned a Master’s degree in Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary and College in Dunwoodie, NY. Gilbert is an alumni of the Encounter School of Ministry. He is currently a guest instructor at the Encounter School of Ministry New Jersey and Fairfield Campuses and is a facilitator for the ESMO online Spanish campus. He and his lovely wife, Franshel Rodriguez, have been married for 8 years and live in Brooklyn, NY.

Alexandra Bastien

Campus Team
Bio

Alexandra’s life calling has included a variety of ministry roles in which she would witness to and share the love of God. As a youth in her parish, she sang His praises in the choir. As a teen, she spoke His word as a lector, taught as a catechist and volunteered with retreats. Throughout young adulthood and beyond, she continued as a parish lector, a catechist for communion and confirmation classes through Adeo Clubs (formerly Narnia Clubs) in NYC and she managed the Office of Young Adult Ministries in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. She continues to honor the call to share God’s hope, peace, and love to others through her mental health therapy practice and work within social services. She uses the tools from her Encounter Ministry studies to help others in healing ministry and to know God’s love. She looks forward to the outpouring of blessings that will come from the student community of Encounter School of Ministry in New York City.

Lauren Gentry

Campus Director
Bio

Lauren is passionate about sharing the wild love of the Heart of Christ, and she has a heart for revival in New York! She is blessed to have over fifteen years of experience in ministry. Lauren serves as the Director of Campus Ministry at Cardinal Spellman High School in the Bronx, after previously working as the Director of Youth Ministry and Discipleship for a parish in Queens for many years. Lauren travels and speaks for various youth and adult conferences, retreats, and ministry trainings. She has additional experience in teaching, equipping leaders, and in healing ministry. Lauren’s life has been transformed through the miracles of God, and her mission in ministry is to lead others into an encounter with the Lord by knowing their immense worth in Him. She desires to bring the transformative joy of the Lord’s love to everyone she serves. She believes in helping others to live authentically and fully alive through the power of the Holy Spirit and our authority in Jesus. Lauren graduated from the Encounter School of Ministry in 2023, and she has been a guest instructor at the Encounter School of Ministry in New Jersey. Lauren is a lover of all things beautiful, dark chocolate, a great worship playlist, pink sunsets, pretty journals, and outdoor adventures.

Vanessa Exil

Leadership Team
Bio

Vanessa, a dedicated and experienced educator, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education with a minor in Psychology. She has a wealth of experience in various church roles, including catechist, altar server coordinator, and more. Passionate about sharing in the Father’s heart, she currently teaches pre-Confirmation classes, fostering a love for God’s joy, love, peace, compassion, and forgiveness. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys spending time with her family, hiking, cooking, baking, listening to music, and admiring sunsets. Finding constant inspiration in sharing and witnessing God’s love displayed in these moments never ceases to amaze her.

Gilbert Rodriguez

Campus Team
Bio

Gilbert Rodriguez serves as the Associate Director of Adult Faith Formation in the Archdiocese of New York with over 24 years of experience in ministry, including worship, youth and young adult ministry, preaching/teaching, and healing and deliverance. He earned a Master’s degree in Theology at St. Joseph’s Seminary and College in Dunwoodie, NY. Gilbert is an alumni of the Encounter School of Ministry. He is currently a guest instructor at the Encounter School of Ministry New Jersey and Fairfield Campuses and is a facilitator for the ESMO online Spanish campus. He and his lovely wife, Franshel Rodriguez, have been married for 8 years and live in Brooklyn, NY.

Alexandra Bastien

Campus Team
Bio

Alexandra’s life calling has included a variety of ministry roles in which she would witness to and share the love of God. As a youth in her parish, she sang His praises in the choir. As a teen, she spoke His word as a lector, taught as a catechist and volunteered with retreats. Throughout young adulthood and beyond, she continued as a parish lector, a catechist for communion and confirmation classes through Adeo Clubs (formerly Narnia Clubs) in NYC and she managed the Office of Young Adult Ministries in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. She continues to honor the call to share God’s hope, peace, and love to others through her mental health therapy practice and work within social services. She uses the tools from her Encounter Ministry studies to help others in healing ministry and to know God’s love. She looks forward to the outpouring of blessings that will come from the student community of Encounter School of Ministry in New York City.

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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).

Related:

Application Process
Tuition & Financial Aid
Enrollment Requirements
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

EVENTS & NEWS

FULL CALENDAR

Letter of Welcome
His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan

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 >

Thank You to
Our Bishop

Most Rev. Joseph A. Espaillat
Auxiliary Bishop for the
Archdiocese of New York

2024 Encounter Conference
Registration Open

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.

Theology FAQ

Is it licit for lay people to lay hands on the sick?

What if I "lost" my healing?

Are "charisms" part of an optional spirituality?

Do you need the "gift" of healing or prophecy to minister in these gifts?

Did Jesus really reject signs and wonders?

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St. Michael the Archangel Church
765 Co-Op City Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10475

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