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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:

City of the Lord
711 W. University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85282

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The Phoenix 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: Fall 2024
All Classes Date/Time: WEDNESDAYS from 6-9PM

Typical Class Night Schedule:
6:00   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.

Jeff Looker

Campus Director
Bio

Jeff is a registered Architect and graduate of Arizona State University (B arch 1982). Jeff and his wife Pam have been married 40 years, and they have 5 Adult Children and 8 Grandchildren. Jeff has been active in leading healing and prophetic ministry since Damian Stayne visited Tempe in the Summer of 2009. Jeff and Pam have been Covenant members of City of the Lord Catholic Covenant Community (COTL) since 1985, retiring as the Senior Coordinator of COTL in January 2024. Jeff believes the Encounter School of Ministry will have an important role in renewing hearts and minds in the Diocese of Phoenix, and is excited to see where the Holy Spirit will lead us!

Pamela Looker

Leadership Team
Bio

Pam has been involved in music ministry and the Catholic charismatic renewal since Junior High School. She has a degree in Music Education from Arizona State University (Majoring in Flute) is a Senior Woman leader for the City of the Lord Catholic Covenant Community, and has extensive experience in flute performance and teaching art to elementary school students. Pam has been married to Jeff for over 40 years with 5 Children and 8 grandchildren.

Jojo Concepcion

Leadership Team
Bio

Jojo is married with three children. He serves as the Coordinator for the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Renewal Ministries, leads worship for City of the Lord and many Diocesan events, and founded Simple Praise Ministry a non-profit that builds worship teams. Jojo also works full-time as Director of Music and Young Adults at St. Paul Catholic Church in Phoenix, teaches business courses at Glendale Community College, and is a designated broker for a small real estate brokerage.

Sheri Donaldson

Leadership Team
Bio

Dr. Donaldson is a Board-Certified Neurologic Specialist in Physical Therapy. She has a passion for life and faith founded in her relationship with Jesus Christ. She is a native Arizonan and has been involved in the Catholic Charismatic renewal for many years. Sheri is excited to be a part of the Encounter Ministries Phoenix Campus team and looks forward to seeing the Holy Spirit move powerfully in the lives of our students!

Cathe Menefee

Leadership Team
Bio

Cathe is originally from the San Franciso Bay area and is a Senior Woman Leader in the City of the Lord Catholic Covenant Community and has been married to Mike for 36 Years. Cathe has been “earnestly desiring the Spiritual Gifts” (1 Cor 14:1) for many years and is grateful to be part of the Encounter School of Ministry Phoenix campus where she can help others know the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Mike Menefee

Leadership Team
Bio

Mike is a native of New Mexico and is a Residential Real Estate agent residing in Tempe Az with his wife Cathe. Mike and Cathe have been pursuing the Holy Spirit and have traveled recently to Brazil with Randy Clark’s Global Awakening, Redding California to Bethel Church, and are learning all they can in the Encounter School of Ministry. Mike and Cathe are Covenant members of the City of the Lord Catholic Covenant Community in Tempe, Az

Jim Hyde

Leadership Team
Bio

Jim fell in love with Jesus when he was baptized in the spirit at a young age, and has been involved with the Charismatic Renewal and City of the Lord Community for over 40 years. Jim is married to Karen and they have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren. Jim served as the Principal Branch coordinator for City of the Lord for 10 years and has developed, along with Jeff Looker, a series of four retreats for men to grow deeper in holiness and receptivity to the Love of God and power of the Holy Spirit called “Men on Fire”. Jim and Jeff have traveled the country bringing the Holy Spirit to hundreds of men over the last 15 years. Jim has an Apostolic heart and looks forward to working with the Holy Spirit to transform lives through the Encounter School of Ministry

Mary Hoyt

Leadership Team
Bio

Mary is married to John and they have 5 adult Children. She is a native Arizonan and one of 10 children. She is a Covenant member of City of the Lord Covenant Community and serves as the Safe Environment coordinator for the Community. Mary has been thrilled to go deeper on this adventure with the Holy Spirit and looks forward to getting to know each of our new Encounter School of Ministry Phoenix Campus Students!

Michael Guizar

Leadership Team
Bio

Mike is a son, husband, and father of seven. He loves to hear what the Lord is doing in people’s lives whether he met them on the basketball court, in his barber shop, or at Church. A drummer at heart, Mike wants the world to know the truth about God through worship and prayer. Mike and his wife Jenna founded “Blessed is She”- A catholic apostolate to women, and he is very happy to be part of the leadership team at the Encounter School of Ministry Phoenix Campus!

Sarah Camplese

Leadership Team
Bio

Sarah is the Director of Religious Education for St Claire of Assissi Parish in Suprise Arizona. She is an accomplished worship leader and recently participated in the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry training. Encounter School of Ministry has been an answer to prayer for her and she looks forward to what the Holy Spirit has in store for our students!

Jeff Looker

Director & Instructor
Bio

Jeff is a registered Architect and graduate of Arizona State University (B arch 1982). Jeff and his wife Pam have been married 40 years, and they have 5 Adult Children and 8 Grandchildren. Jeff has been active in leading healing and prophetic ministry since Damian Stayne visited Tempe in the Summer of 2009. Jeff and Pam have been Covenant members of City of the Lord Catholic Covenant Community (COTL) since 1985, retiring as the Senior Coordinator of COTL in January 2024. Jeff believes the Encounter School of Ministry will have an important role in renewing hearts and minds in the Diocese of Phoenix, and is excited to see where the Holy Spirit will lead us!

Pamela Looker

Leadership Team
Bio

Pam has been involved in music ministry and the Catholic charismatic renewal since Junior High School. She has a degree in Music Education from Arizona State University (Majoring in Flute) is a Senior Woman leader for the City of the Lord Catholic Covenant Community, and has extensive experience in flute performance and teaching art to elementary school students. Pam has been married to Jeff for over 40 years with 5 Children and 8 grandchildren.

Jojo Concepcion

Leadership Team
Bio

Jojo is married with three children. He serves as the Coordinator for the Diocese of Phoenix Catholic Renewal Ministries, leads worship for City of the Lord and many Diocesan events, and founded Simple Praise Ministry a non-profit that builds worship teams. Jojo also works full-time as Director of Music and Young Adults at St. Paul Catholic Church in Phoenix, teaches business courses at Glendale Community College, and is a designated broker for a small real estate brokerage.

Sheri Donaldson

Leadership Team
Bio
Dr. Donaldson is a Board-Certified Neurologic Specialist in Physical Therapy. She has a passion for life and faith founded in her relationship with Jesus Christ. She is a native Arizonan and has been involved in the Catholic Charismatic renewal for many years. Sheri is excited to be a part of the Encounter Ministries Phoenix Campus team and looks forward to seeing the Holy Spirit move powerfully in the lives of our students!

Cathe Menefee

Leadership Team
Bio

Cathe is originally from the San Franciso Bay area and is a Senior Woman Leader in the City of the Lord Catholic Covenant Community and has been married to Mike for 36 Years. Cathe has been “earnestly desiring the Spiritual Gifts” (1 Cor 14:1) for many years and is grateful to be part of the Encounter School of Ministry Phoenix campus where she can help others know the transforming power of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Mike Menefee

Leadership Team
Bio

Mike is a native of New Mexico and is a Residential Real Estate agent residing in Tempe Az with his wife Cathe. Mike and Cathe have been pursuing the Holy Spirit and have traveled recently to Brazil with Randy Clark’s Global Awakening, Redding California to Bethel Church, and are learning all they can in the Encounter School of Ministry. Mike and Cathe are Covenant members of the City of the Lord Catholic Covenant Community in Tempe, Az

Jim Hyde

Leadership Team
Bio

Jim fell in love with Jesus when he was baptized in the spirit at a young age, and has been involved with the Charismatic Renewal and City of the Lord Community for over 40 years. Jim is married to Karen and they have 4 adult children and 7 grandchildren. Jim served as the Principal Branch coordinator for City of the Lord for 10 years and has developed, along with Jeff Looker, a series of four retreats for men to grow deeper in holiness and receptivity to the Love of God and power of the Holy Spirit called “Men on Fire”. Jim and Jeff have traveled the country bringing the Holy Spirit to hundreds of men over the last 15 years. Jim has an Apostolic heart and looks forward to working with the Holy Spirit to transform lives through the Encounter School of Ministry

Mary Hoyt

Leadership Team
Bio

Mary is married to John and they have 5 adult Children. She is a native Arizonan and one of 10 children. She is a Covenant member of City of the Lord Covenant Community and serves as the Safe Environment coordinator for the Community. Mary has been thrilled to go deeper on this adventure with the Holy Spirit and looks forward to getting to know each of our new Encounter School of Ministry Phoenix Campus Students!

Michael Guizar

Leadership Team
Bio
Mike is a son, husband, and father of seven. He loves to hear what the Lord is doing in people’s lives whether he met them on the basketball court, in his barber shop, or at Church. A drummer at heart, Mike wants the world to know the truth about God through worship and prayer. Mike and his wife Jenna founded “Blessed is She”- A catholic apostolate to women, and he is very happy to be part of the leadership team at the Encounter School of Ministry Phoenix Campus!

Sarah Camplese

Leadership Team
Bio

Sarah is the Director of Religious Education for St Claire of Assissi Parish in Suprise Arizona. She is an accomplished worship leader and recently participated in the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry training. Encounter School of Ministry has been an answer to prayer for her and she looks forward to what the Holy Spirit has in store for our students!

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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
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

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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.

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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?

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City of the Lord
711 W. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282

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