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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.

EVENTS

OUR CAMPUS

Location:

Our Lady of Grace
223 E. Summit Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212

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The San Antonio 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: MONDAYS from 6:00-9PM

Typical Class Night Schedule:
5:45pm   Praise & Worship, Testimonies
6:30pm  Session 1
7:30pm   Session 2
8:45pm   Small Groups

 

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.

Renee Kuntz

Campus Director
Bio

Renee Kuntz is a devoted wife of thirty plus years and is blessed with five grown children. She is dedicated to her family and her Catholic Faith. Renee ministered in the church for over twenty years before being called to be a hospice, Chaplain. She has been on a crazy, wild journey with the Holy Spirit and learning to surrender to God’s will in her life. Renee has a thirst for souls and loves to let the Holy Spirit work in and through her to see people healed and freed to walk in deeper relationship with our Savior. She carries an anointing in Holy Boldness which she freely passes on to others. She is a graduate of the University of Incarnate Word and completed Encounter Ministries online.

Joseph Kuntz

Co-Director
Bio

Joseph Kuntz is a dedicated husband and father of five beautiful children. After having a powerful encounter with Jesus during a powerful retreat in 1995, Joseph’s passion has been ministering to the heart of man. A mission to Mexico in 2018 sparked a flame in his heart for the healing ministries. Through the gifts of wisdom and fear of the Lord, he has led parish-based men’s ministries guiding souls from the desires of the flesh to pursuing true freedom as beloved sons of the most-high God. He looks to the school of love of the Holy Family for inspiration and guidance, especially to St. Joseph as the ideal husband and father. He is a prolific dreamer, seeking God’s wisdom through prophetic interpretation.

Fr. Andrzej Brzezinski

Chaplain & Pastoral Support
Bio

Fr. Andrzej Brzezinsky, OFMC: is a Conventual Franciscan Friar ordained as a priest in 2002 in Cracow Poland. Recently he moved from Washington, DC to San Antonio, TX where he is a formator in the Franciscan House of study. His journey with Encounter Ministries started at the 2019 Encounter Conference. He graduated from the Encounter School of Ministry in May 2022 and immediately began to incorporate all the new skills learned during the classes into his priestly ministry. Soon, he started to see greater spiritual fruit in his life and the lives of those he ministered to. The school ignited a desire to experience God’s intimate presence daily and lead others to experience it for themselves. Fr. Andrzej carries a strong gifting in ministering inner healing and praying for physical healing. He has a deep desire to teach and equip others to use God’s supernatural gifts in their ministries and day to day lives.

Eileen Leyne

Pastoral Support
Bio

Eileen Leyne is originally from Canada, she left her homeland in 2004 to join the Marian Community of Reconciliation (also known as the “Fraternas”), a community of consecrated women dedicated to the evangelizing mission of the Church. She has since been serving in a variety of ministries in England, Peru, Australia and the USA. An overwhelming experience of inner healing and baptism of the Spirit in 2016 profoundly affected Eileen’s own life and mission. Since then, she has sought to be better equipped to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit, and to share this gift with others! She has a heart for the lost and is grateful for every opportunity to be an instrument of the Lord’s healing grace for the brokenhearted and to boldly proclaim and demonstrate the love of God in our world.

Juan Carlos Paz

Worship Leader
Bio

Juan Carlos is a devoted husband and unwavering protector. His profound love for the Catholic faith is evident in his involvement in both worship and twelve-step recovery ministry. In his life journey, he has experienced the healing power of the holy spirit through God’s Music and has incorporated different schools of music, bringing praise, worship and adoration together to draw others into a deeper worship of Christ. Formerly gracing Broadway stages, he now channels his artistic talents towards building God’s kingdom through music and walking in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Juan Carlos carries an anointing for leading worship and desires for all souls to find freedom. “Psalms 100:4” Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise”

Paola Rios Paz
Worship Team

Bio

Paola Paz is a dedicated wife actively engaged in a twelve-step recovery ministry. She has a deep desire to see people freed from afflictions and draw closer to Christ. Paola carries an anointing in prophecy which she courageously shares with others. In addition, she is a strong prayer warrior that is dedicated to intercessory prayer. With a passion for music, she loves singing and playing her guitar, and she’s eagerly taking on the challenge of learning the piano. She utilizes these musical gifts to praise the Lord and draw others into worship. Beyond her musical pursuits, Paola is an engineer by trade, bringing her technical expertise to the forefront to benefit the Encounter School of Ministries in San Antonio.

Gabriela Wakely

Marketing
Bio

Gabriela Wakely is a wife and a mother of a beautiful child and resides in San Antonio, Texas. Gabriela is bright light that naturally draws others to Christ. Following her miraculous healing, she continues her spiritual education of learning how to pray with the Holy Spirit through the Encounter Ministries School. She participates in prayer ministry in her hometown and carries a healing anointing. She continues to share her testimony with others in hopes of increasing their faith and love of the Father. Gabriela is a graduate of the University of Incarnate Word. She is determined to make known to San Antonio the many fruits available through the Encounter School of Ministry.

Dr. Christopher & Kristen Beevers

Instructors
Bio

Dr. Christopher Beevers is a Mobile, AL, native and lovingly devoted to his wife, Kristen, for 19 years. At 17 years old, he had a powerful encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary that inspired him to serve the Church. He graduated from St. Joseph Seminary College, Encounter School of Ministry Louisiana Campus, and the Christos course on Christian Healing Prayer (Alexandria, LA). Dr. Beevers holds degrees in Liberal Arts, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology. He was commissioned as a Lay Associate in Pastoral Care for the Diocese of Roseau, Dominica, West Indies, and served as the Catholic Campus Minister at Ross University School of Medicine. He is gifted in teaching the faith and prayer ministry. Dr. Beevers was an instructor for the Encounter School of Ministry Louisiana Campus and looks forward to instructing in San Antonio.

Kristen Beevers is a New Orleans native and lovingly devoted to her husband, Chris, for 19 years. At 16 years old she had a personal encounter with God and has been serving him ever since. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Encounter School of Ministry Louisiana Campus, and the Christos course on Christian Healing Prayer (Alexandria, LA). She holds degrees in Theology, Mental Health, and Nursing. With passion, she believes that the Holy Spirit sanctifies and heals us when we open our hearts to him. Serving in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through prayer ministry is the greatest honor of her life. She has witnessed Jesus set people free through utilization of words of knowledge and the ministry of compassion. Kristen was an instructor for the New Orleans Encounter School of Ministry Campus and looks forward to instructing in San Antonio.

Renee Kuntz

Campus Director
Bio

Renee Kuntz is a devoted wife of thirty plus years and is blessed with five grown children. She is dedicated to her family and her Catholic Faith. Renee ministered in the church for over twenty years before being called to be a hospice, Chaplain. She has been on a crazy, wild journey with the Holy Spirit and learning to surrender to God’s will in her life. Renee has a thirst for souls and loves to let the Holy Spirit work in and through her to see people healed and freed to walk in deeper relationship with our Savior. She carries an anointing in Holy Boldness which she freely passes on to others. She is a graduate of the University of Incarnate Word and completed Encounter Ministries online.

Joseph Kuntz

Co-Director
Bio

Joseph Kuntz is a dedicated husband and father of five beautiful children. After having a powerful encounter with Jesus during a powerful retreat in 1995, Joseph’s passion has been ministering to the heart of man. A mission to Mexico in 2018 sparked a flame in his heart for the healing ministries. Through the gifts of wisdom and fear of the Lord, he has led parish-based men’s ministries guiding souls from the desires of the flesh to pursuing true freedom as beloved sons of the most-high God. He looks to the school of love of the Holy Family for inspiration and guidance, especially to St. Joseph as the ideal husband and father. He is a prolific dreamer, seeking God’s wisdom through prophetic interpretation.

Fr. Andrzej Brzezinsky

Chaplain & Pastoral Support
Bio

Fr. Andrzej Brzezinsky, OFMC: is a Conventual Franciscan Friar ordained as a priest in 2002 in Cracow Poland. Recently he moved from Washington, DC to San Antonio, TX where he is a formator in the Franciscan House of study. His journey with Encounter Ministries started at the 2019 Encounter Conference. He graduated from the Encounter School of Ministry in May 2022 and immediately began to incorporate all the new skills learned during the classes into his priestly ministry. Soon, he started to see greater spiritual fruit in his life and the lives of those he ministered to. The school ignited a desire to experience God’s intimate presence daily and lead others to experience it for themselves. Fr. Andrzej carries a strong gifting in ministering inner healing and praying for physical healing. He has a deep desire to teach and equip others to use God’s supernatural gifts in their ministries and day to day lives.

Eileen Leyne

Pastoral Support
Bio

Eileen Leyne is originally from Canada, she left her homeland in 2004 to join the Marian Community of Reconciliation (also known as the “Fraternas”), a community of consecrated women dedicated to the evangelizing mission of the Church. She has since been serving in a variety of ministries in England, Peru, Australia and the USA. An overwhelming experience of inner healing and baptism of the Spirit in 2016 profoundly affected Eileen’s own life and mission. Since then, she has sought to be better equipped to minister in the power of the Holy Spirit, and to share this gift with others! She has a heart for the lost and is grateful for every opportunity to be an instrument of the Lord’s healing grace for the brokenhearted and to boldly proclaim and demonstrate the love of God in our world.

Juan Carlos Paz

Worship Leader
Bio

Juan Carlos is a devoted husband and unwavering protector. His profound love for the Catholic faith is evident in his involvement in both worship and twelve-step recovery ministry. In his life journey, he has experienced the healing power of the holy spirit through God’s Music and has incorporated different schools of music, bringing praise, worship and adoration together to draw others into a deeper worship of Christ. Formerly gracing Broadway stages, he now channels his artistic talents towards building God’s kingdom through music and walking in the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Juan Carlos carries an anointing for leading worship and desires for all souls to find freedom. “Psalms 100:4” Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise”

Paola Rios Paz

Worship Team
Bio

Paola Paz is a dedicated wife actively engaged in a twelve-step recovery ministry. She has a deep desire to see people freed from afflictions and draw closer to Christ. Paola carries an anointing in prophecy which she courageously shares with others. In addition, she is a strong prayer warrior that is dedicated to intercessory prayer. With a passion for music, she loves singing and playing her guitar, and she’s eagerly taking on the challenge of learning the piano. She utilizes these musical gifts to praise the Lord and draw others into worship. Beyond her musical pursuits, Paola is an engineer by trade, bringing her technical expertise to the forefront to benefit the Encounter School of Ministries in San Antonio.

Gabriela Wakely

Marketing
Bio

Gabriela Wakely is a wife and a mother of a beautiful child and resides in San Antonio, Texas. Gabriela is bright light that naturally draws others to Christ. Following her miraculous healing, she continues her spiritual education of learning how to pray with the Holy Spirit through the Encounter Ministries School. She participates in prayer ministry in her hometown and carries a healing anointing. She continues to share her testimony with others in hopes of increasing their faith and love of the Father. Gabriela is a graduate of the University of Incarnate Word. She is determined to make known to San Antonio the many fruits available through the Encounter School of Ministry.

Christopher & Kristen Beevers

Instructors
Bio

Dr. Christopher Beevers is a Mobile, AL, native and lovingly devoted to his wife, Kristen, for 19 years. At 17 years old, he had a powerful encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin Mary that inspired him to serve the Church. He graduated from St. Joseph Seminary College, Encounter School of Ministry Louisiana Campus, and the Christos course on Christian Healing Prayer (Alexandria, LA). Dr. Beevers holds degrees in Liberal Arts, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology. He was commissioned as a Lay Associate in Pastoral Care for the Diocese of Roseau, Dominica, West Indies, and served as the Catholic Campus Minister at Ross University School of Medicine. He is gifted in teaching the faith and prayer ministry. Dr. Beevers was an instructor for the Encounter School of Ministry Louisiana Campus and looks forward to instructing in San Antonio.

Kristen Beevers is a New Orleans native and lovingly devoted to her husband, Chris, for 19 years. At 16 years old she had a personal encounter with God and has been serving him ever since. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, Encounter School of Ministry Louisiana Campus, and the Christos course on Christian Healing Prayer (Alexandria, LA). She holds degrees in Theology, Mental Health, and Nursing. With passion, she believes that the Holy Spirit sanctifies and heals us when we open our hearts to him. Serving in the healing ministry of Jesus Christ through prayer ministry is the greatest honor of her life. She has witnessed Jesus set people free through utilization of words of knowledge and the ministry of compassion. Kristen was an instructor for the New Orleans Encounter School of Ministry Campus and looks forward to instructing in San Antonio.

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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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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

Thank You to Our
Archbishop

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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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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Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church
223 E. Summit Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212

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