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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:

Saint Monica Catholic Church
12136 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63141

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The Saint Louis 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. 1, 2024
All Classes Start: September 12, 2024
All Classes Date/Time: THURSDAYS from 5:30-9PM

Typical Class Night Schedule:
5:30   Praise & Worship, Testimonies
6:30   Small Groups
7:15   Session 1
8:30   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.

Kathie Hammell

Campus Director
& Instructor
Bio

Kathie desires for everyone to come to know the love of the Father and encounter the Risen Christ. Her prayer is that faith would be so present that more signs, wonders and miracles could spread like wildfire so that many more could experience revival and freedom!

Moved by Saint Pope John Paul II’s visit to St. Louis in 1999 she discerned leaving the world of advertising and marketing and moved into the world of youth ministry – sharing the Good News of Jesus.

She attended Catholic elementary school, high school and received her  Bachelor of Science in Communication with a minor in Marketing.

While working in ministry she began the journey toward her Masters in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. She completed certification in Spiritual Direction, her Masters of Pastoral Studies, and three levels for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Faith formation. She has been a Campus Minister and High School Theology Teacher for the last ten years. She also offers Spiritual Direction in the Saint Louis Archdiocese.

She has been married for 25 years to her husband Ken and they have five amazing children. Her favorite saints include St. Joan of Arc, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Philip Neri, St. Theresa of Avila, St. Padre Pio, Queen Esther, St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.

Kyle Huelsing

Leadership Team
Worship Leader & Technology
Bio

Catholic worship leader and speaker.

For the past 20 years he has traveled the country leading worship and sharing the Gospel at conferences, faith rallies, Catholic camps, concerts, and retreats.

He currently directs music at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cottleville MO.

He is happily married to his wife Kimberly and has four children, Peter, Ava, Samuel, and Juliet.

Fr. Rodger Fleming

Leadership Team
Pastoral Support & Instructor
Bio

Fr. Rodger Fleming was ordained in 2007 as a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He serves as pastor of the parishes of St. Rose of Lima – De Soto, MO, St. Joseph – Bonne Terre, MO, and St. Anne – French Village, MO. After signing up for Encounter School of Ministry, the number of healings that he has seen has multiplied tremendously. He has a passion to help people to experience God’s healing power in their lives and families.

Cassie
Scott

Leadership Team
Administrative Support (Lead)
Bio

Cassie has happily called Missouri home for the past 30 years. Her greatest joys in life are her family and Catholic faith. Cassie and her husband Ron have raised four children and have one grandchild. Her desire is to share the love of Jesus Christ in the world by loving and caring for the people she comes into contact with each day.

Bobby
Tull

Leadership Team
Marketing (Lead)
& Instructor
Bio

Bobby was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He converted to Catholicism when his mom invited him to come to Mass with her in 7th grade. In the homily at the Mass, the priest said, “Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with YOU.” This statement felt like an invitation and now he wants everyone to know that this invitation is open to them as well.

He has a Bachelors in broadcasting with a focus on radio, television, and film. After college, he was a Life Teen Missionary for a year in Tiger, GA at Covecrest Retreat Center which then brought him to Ferguson, MO, serving the youth at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

He remained in St. Louis and entered the seminary. After 5 years of study in the seminary he pursued teaching.  He is currently a 7th grade Theology teacher. This has brought him full circle to the original invitation he received from Jesus.

He has a zeal for revival. His desire is for all to  realize their full potential in Christ and to know how loved they are by the King who is the only one who saves

He is a big sports fan and loves both watching and playing. Bobby also loves to hanging out and cooking for friends. Bobby’s desire is to see a generation of saints rise up in Saint Louis.

Alison Hoglan

Leadership Team
Pastoral Support Lead
& Instructor
Bio

Alison has a passion for leading others into a more intimate relationship with the Father. In her work as a Catholic Therapist, she helps guide people to find radical inner healing through the healing love of Jesus. Her desire is to be a messenger of peace and healing in a broken wounded world.

Alison is a widow, mother, and proud “Mimi” to eight grandchildren. She loves working on her farm, Fiat Farm, in Southern Warren County.

She is an active leader in her rural parish, St. Ignatius of Loyola in Marthasville.

Dcn. Tom Burke

Cor Team
Pastoral Support 
& Instructor 
 
Bio


Tom gave up the courtroom to “Deacon” full time. Deacon Tom’s fervent prayers are to have the heart of Jesus, to live as a disciple of Christ, and to shepherd souls with Jesus.

After learning, in Encounter, how to more fully partner with Jesus, Deacon Tom has spoken the love of Jesus over his spiritual directees, people at healing services, parking lot ministry, and as a retreat facilitator.

Deacon Tom’s most recent partnership with Jesus is the “Moses Project” to activate Fathers to spiritually shepherd their families.

Married to Gail in 1985, he doesn’t hesitate to tell people, “she’s my better two-thirds.”

Jill
Kullman

Cor Team
Hospitality & Feedback
(Testimonies)
Bio

Jill has a passion for evangelization. She served on NET (National Evangelization Team)  before she married her husband, John. They have been married for over 28 years and have four children, Jacob, Mary, Matthew, and Theresa. She has dedicated her life to raising her family and loves bringing Jesus to those around her. She loves her Catholic faith and sharing it with others.

Mary Honigfort

Cor Team
Prayer Ministry Coordinator & Instructor
Bio

Beloved and delighted in by the Father.

Consecrated to the Three Hearts.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Graduate of the Encounter School of Ministry online campus.

Kelly
Winter

Cor Team
Events Coordinator

Bio

Kelly has experienced the grace and mercy of Jesus and the love of His Mother, Momma Mary in her life and loves sharing this healing love with others.  

Kelly shares her life with her husband, Paul and their 3 “at home” children, Ava, Isaiah and Emily. In addition, she enjoys spending time with her oldest daughter, Maggie along with her husband, Austin, and their 4 children.

More than anything, she desires to share the love of Jesus with her husband, children and grandchildren. 

Her first career was as a Registered Nurse and then decided to pause her work as a nurse to homeschool her children. Many years ago she discovered JP II’s Theology Of the Body and found this to truly be transformative. She dove into this teaching and is a graduate of the Theology Of the Body Institue (Certification pending final post course work) 

She also shares her talents with event organization as she has chaired many successful fund raising events that benefit many schools, groups and charitable organizations.  

She knows our faith journey is ever evolving and loves any and all opportunities to grow in her faith wherever and whenever opportunities arise. 

Kelly has completed the two year online Encounter School of Ministry.  

Amy Gilmore

Cor Team
Volunteer Coordinator

Bio

Amy’s deepest joy comes from living out of her identity as the Father’s beloved child. She desires all to understand the intensity of the Lord’s merciful love and desire for each one of us.

“God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Gen 1:31)

Through the Encounter School of Ministry, she has witnessed the miracles of healing and restoration that Jesus desires to work in our lives today, just as He did when He walked upon this earth. She wants to be an instrument in helping others open their hearts to receive the Lord’s love and mercy.

Amy is a wife, mother of 8, and grandmother of 4. She enjoys traveling (especially going on pilgrimage and visiting National Parks with her family), cooking, reading, and gardening.

Marie Putbrese

Cor Team
Community Outreach
& Instructor
Bio

Originally from Iowa.

A Benedictine Raven.

FOCUS missionary. (since 2017)

LOVES Jesus!

Jesus has set me free and I’m so excited to accompany others in freedom with Jesus!

Jacob Grass

Cor Team
Instructor

Bio

Jacob was born and raised in the Saint Louis Archdiocese. His parent’s names are Jack and Diane like the song by John Cougar Mellencamp. He has an older sister who is a Nashville Dominican, Sister Rose Catherine, and a younger brother named Simon.

He has been a FOCUS missionary for 9 years. (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) He is currently serving as a parish missionary at Immaculate Conception in Dardenne Prairie.

He loves walking with people and seeing their transformation in Christ. Jacob is also in the Secular Order of the Carmelites and loves to pray with and for people! Ready for more!

Random Lifehack: Double Stuffed Oreos are way better if put in the fridge!

Dr. Jared Bryson

Cor Team
Instructor
Bio

Inspired by the generations that came before him, Jared Bryson envisions a world in which Catholics, other Christians, and people of goodwill can continue to transform hurt into healing and give hope and help to our neighbors in need.

Dr. Jared Bryson is the President & CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, whose mission is to bring the healing, help, and hope of Jesus Christ to all those in need with a compassionate, caring presence.

He previously served as the System Vice-President of Mission and Church Relations for Mercy based in St. Louis, MO. He has served as the chair of the Missouri Catholic Conference, the public policy committee of the Catholic Bishops of Missouri. In his spare time, he is recognized by the Kentucky Distillers Association as an Executive Bourbon Steward and the owner and candle maker at Emmaus Candles.
Jared, his wife Emily, and their three children, Augustine, Lillian, and William are parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi in Oakville.

Dr. Bryson holds a Bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership & development from Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois; a Masters of Divinity from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri; and a Doctorate in Christian Spirituality from Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC.

Carla Land

Cor Team
Intercessory Prayer
Coordinator

Bio

Carla’s joy is to share the goodness of God with others.  She desires to simply love – bringing the message of Mercy and hope to all. 

 

“The Lord’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent; They are renewed each morning- great is your faithfulness “ Lam 3: 22-23

Carla and her husband Monte have raised three children and have been blessed with 3 grandchildren. 

Kathie Hammell

Campus Director
& Instructor
Bio

Kathie desires for everyone to come to know the love of the Father and encounter the Risen Christ. Her prayer is that faith would be so present that more signs, wonders and miracles could spread like wildfire so that many more could experience revival and freedom!

Moved by Saint Pope John Paul II’s visit to St. Louis in 1999 she discerned leaving the world of advertising and marketing and moved into the world of youth ministry – sharing the Good News of Jesus.

She attended Catholic elementary school, high school and received her  Bachelor of Science in Communication with a minor in Marketing.

While working in ministry she began the journey toward her Masters in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. She completed certification in Spiritual Direction, her Masters of Pastoral Studies, and three levels for Catechesis of the Good Shepherd Faith formation. She has been a Campus Minister and High School Theology Teacher for the last ten years. She also offers Spiritual Direction in the Saint Louis Archdiocese.

She has been married for 25 years to her husband Ken and they have five amazing children. Her favorite saints include St. Joan of Arc, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Philip Neri, St. Theresa of Avila, St. Padre Pio, Queen Esther, St. Hildegard of Bingen and St. Rose Philippine Duchesne.

Kyle Huelsing

Leadership Team
Worship Leader & Technology
Bio

Catholic worship leader and speaker.

For the past 20 years he has traveled the country leading worship and sharing the Gospel at conferences, faith rallies, Catholic camps, concerts, and retreats.

He currently directs music at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cottleville MO.

He is happily married to his wife Kimberly and has four children, Peter, Ava, Samuel, and Juliet.

Fr. Rodger Fleming

Leadership Team 
Pastoral Support & Instructor
Bio

Fr. Rodger Fleming was ordained in 2007 as a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He serves as pastor of the parishes of St. Rose of Lima – De Soto, MO, St. Joseph – Bonne Terre, MO, and St. Anne – French Village, MO. After signing up for Encounter School of Ministry, the number of healings that he has seen has multiplied tremendously. He has a passion to help people to experience God’s healing power in their lives and families.

Alison Hoglan

Leadership Team
Pastoral Support (Lead) & Instructor
Bio

Alison has a passion for leading others into a more intimate relationship with the Father. In her work as a Catholic Therapist, she helps guide people to find radical inner healing through the healing love of Jesus. Her desire is to be a messenger of peace and healing in a broken wounded world.

Alison is a widow, mother, and proud “Mimi” to eight grandchildren. She loves working on her farm, Fiat Farm, in Southern Warren County.

She is an active leader in her rural parish, St. Ignatius of Loyola in Marthasville.

Cassie Scott

Leadership Team
Administrative Support (Lead)
Bio

Cassie has happily called Missouri home for the past 30 years. Her greatest joys in life are her family and Catholic faith. Cassie and her husband Ron have raised four children and have one grandchild. Her desire is to share the love of Jesus Christ in the world by loving and caring for the people she comes into contact with each day.

Dcn. Tom Burke

Cor Team
Pastoral Support & Instructor
Bio


Tom gave up the courtroom to “Deacon” full time. Deacon Tom’s fervent prayers are to have the heart of Jesus, to live as a disciple of Christ, and to shepherd souls with Jesus.

After learning, in Encounter, how to more fully partner with Jesus, Deacon Tom has spoken the love of Jesus over his spiritual directees, people at healing services, parking lot ministry, and as a retreat facilitator.

Deacon Tom’s most recent partnership with Jesus is the “Moses Project” to activate Fathers to spiritually shepherd their families.

Married to Gail in 1985, he doesn’t hesitate to tell people, “she’s my better two-thirds.”

Bobby Tull

Leadership Team
Marketing & Instructor

 

Bio

Bobby was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He converted to Catholicism when his mom invited him to come to Mass with her in 7th grade. In the homily at the Mass, the priest said, “Jesus wants to have a personal relationship with YOU.” This statement felt like an invitation and now he wants everyone to know that this invitation is open to them as well.

He has a Bachelors in broadcasting with a focus on radio, television, and film. After college, he was a Life Teen Missionary for a year in Tiger, GA at Covecrest Retreat Center which then brought him to Ferguson, MO, serving the youth at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

He remained in St. Louis and entered the seminary. After 5 years of study in the seminary he pursued teaching.  He is currently a 7th grade Theology teacher. This has brought him full circle to the original invitation he received from Jesus.

He has a zeal for revival. His desire is for all to  realize their full potential in Christ and to know how loved they are by the King who is the only one who saves

He is a big sports fan and loves both watching and playing. Bobby also loves to hanging out and cooking for friends. Bobby’s desire is to see a generation of saints rise up in Saint Louis.

Jill Kullman

Cor Team
Hospitality & Feedback
(Testimonies)
Bio

Jill has a passion for evangelization. She served on NET (National Evangelization Team)  before she married her husband, John. They have been married for over 28 years and have four children, Jacob, Mary, Matthew, and Theresa. She has dedicated her life to raising her family and loves bringing Jesus to those around her. She loves her Catholic faith and sharing it with others.


Mary Honigfort

Cor Team
Prayer Ministry Coordinator
& Instructor
Bio

Beloved and delighted in by the Father.

Consecrated to the Three Hearts.

Empowered by the Holy Spirit.

Graduate of the Encounter School of Ministry online campus.

Kelly Winter

Cor Team
Events Coordinator
Bio

Kelly has experienced the grace and mercy of Jesus and the love of His Mother, Momma Mary in her life and loves sharing this healing love with others.  

Kelly shares her life with her husband, Paul and their 3 “at home” children, Ava, Isaiah and Emily. In addition, she enjoys spending time with her oldest daughter, Maggie along with her husband, Austin, and their 4 children.

More than anything, she desires to share the love of Jesus with her husband, children and grandchildren. 

Her first career was as a Registered Nurse and then decided to pause her work as a nurse to homeschool her children. Many years ago she discovered JP II’s Theology Of the Body and found this to truly be transformative. She dove into this teaching and is a graduate of the Theology Of the Body Institue (Certification pending final post course work) 

She also shares her talents with event organization as she has chaired many successful fund raising events that benefit many schools, groups and charitable organizations.  

She knows our faith journey is ever evolving and loves any and all opportunities to grow in her faith wherever and whenever opportunities arise. 

Kelly has completed the two year online Encounter School of Ministry.  

Amy Gilmore

Cor Team
Volunteer Coordinator
Bio

Amy’s deepest joy comes from living out of her identity as the Father’s beloved child. She desires all to understand the intensity of the Lord’s merciful love and desire for each one of us.

“God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Gen 1:31)

Through the Encounter School of Ministry, she has witnessed the miracles of healing and restoration that Jesus desires to work in our lives today, just as He did when He walked upon this earth. She wants to be an instrument in helping others open their hearts to receive the Lord’s love and mercy.

Amy is a wife, mother of 8, and grandmother of 4. She enjoys traveling (especially going on pilgrimage and visiting National Parks with her family), cooking, reading, and gardening.

Marie Putbrese

Cor Team
Community Outreach
& Instructor
Bio

Originally from Iowa.

A Benedictine Raven.

FOCUS missionary. (since 2017)

LOVES Jesus!

Jesus has set me free and I’m so excited to accompany others in freedom with Jesus!

Carla Land

Cor Team
Intercessory Prayer Coordinator
Bio

Carla’s joy is to share the goodness of God with others.  She desires to simply love – bringing the message of Mercy and hope to all. 

 

“The Lord’s acts of mercy are not exhausted, his compassion is not spent; They are renewed each morning- great is your faithfulness “ Lam 3: 22-23

Carla and her husband Monte have raised three children and have been blessed with 3 grandchildren. 

Jacob Grass

Cor Team
Instructor
Bio

Jacob was born and raised in the Saint Louis Archdiocese. His parent’s names are Jack and Diane like the song by John Cougar Mellencamp. He has an older sister who is a Nashville Dominican, Sister Rose Catherine, and a younger brother named Simon.

He has been a FOCUS missionary for 9 years. (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) He is currently serving as a parish missionary at Immaculate Conception in Dardenne Prairie.

He loves walking with people and seeing their transformation in Christ. Jacob is also in the Secular Order of the Carmelites and loves to pray with and for people! Ready for more!

Random Lifehack: Double Stuffed Oreos are way better if put in the fridge!

Dr. Jared Bryson

Cor Team
Instructor
Bio

Inspired by the generations that came before him, Jared Bryson envisions a world in which Catholics, other Christians, and people of goodwill can continue to transform hurt into healing and give hope and help to our neighbors in need.

Dr. Jared Bryson is the President & CEO of Catholic Charities of St. Louis, whose mission is to bring the healing, help, and hope of Jesus Christ to all those in need with a compassionate, caring presence.

He previously served as the System Vice-President of Mission and Church Relations for Mercy based in St. Louis, MO. He has served as the chair of the Missouri Catholic Conference, the public policy committee of the Catholic Bishops of Missouri. In his spare time, he is recognized by the Kentucky Distillers Association as an Executive Bourbon Steward and the owner and candle maker at Emmaus Candles.
Jared, his wife Emily, and their three children, Augustine, Lillian, and William are parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi in Oakville.

Dr. Bryson holds a Bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership & development from Greenville College in Greenville, Illinois; a Masters of Divinity from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri; and a Doctorate in Christian Spirituality from Washington Theological Union in Washington, DC.

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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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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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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.

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12136 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63141

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