worship with us

our team

Jay Jong

Director of Worship
Bio

Jay is the Director of Worship for Encounter Ministries and the Encounter School of Ministry. Just as the Encounter School helps prepare people for supernatural ministry, Jay also believes in teaching, equipping, and activating those working in worship ministry. In addition to leading worship and playing various instruments with Encounter Worship, he also helps with the songwriting and production of Encounter’s original music.

Tara Philip

Bio

John Mira

Bio

John is a worship leader, song writer, and plays bass guitar in the Encounter Worship family. Through music, he has been profoundly blessed by opportunities to help lead people into the heart of worship and bring God’s love, mercy, and power all across Michigan. John loves participating in God’s vision for worship and his heart aches to see all God’s beloved encounter Him and pour out their love in praise. “The thought of you God stirs us so deeply that we cannot be content unless we praise you” – St. Augustine

Lauren Esper

Bio

Lauren is a worship leader, songwriter, and vocalist for Encounter Worship. She desires to see authentic encounters with Jesus through worship. She is passionate about creating an environment that allows others to experience the freedom and fullness of the kingdom. 

Annalise Reis

Bio

From Columbus, OH, Annie is a vocalist for Encounter Worship and staff member of Encounter Ministries. Over everything, her one desire is for her worship and ministry to be a resting place for the presence of God, where intimacy with His heart is priority. Annie seeks to cultivate atmospheres of pure worship through deep devotion and love for the person of Jesus.

Jacob Wenzel

Bio

Jacob is a worship leader and keys player from Lansing, MI. He plays for Encounter Worship and also helps lead worship in the Diocese of Lansing throughout Mid-Michigan, and internationally at different events and conferences. Jacob’s heart for worship was born from receiving freedom through worship, and now he wants to release that freedom in worship through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Julie Becka

Bio

“I’m just practicing for Heaven, where I’ll get to praise my love and King forever.”

Jay Jong

Bio

Jay is the Director of Worship for Encounter Ministries and the Encounter School of Ministry. Just as the Encounter School helps prepare people for supernatural ministry, Jay also believes in teaching, equipping, and activating those working in worship ministry. In addition to leading worship and playing various instruments with Encounter Worship, he also helps with the songwriting and production of Encounter’s original music.

Tara Philip

Bio

John Mira

Bio

John is a worship leader, song writer, and plays bass guitar in the Encounter Worship family. Through music, he has been profoundly blessed by opportunities to help lead people into the heart of worship and bring God’s love, mercy, and power all across Michigan. John loves participating in God’s vision for worship and his heart aches to see all God’s beloved encounter Him and pour out their love in praise. “The thought of you God stirs us so deeply that we cannot be content unless we praise you” – St. Augustine

Lauren Esper

Bio

Lauren is a worship leader, songwriter, and vocalist for Encounter Worship. She desires to see authentic encounters with Jesus through worship. She is passionate about creating an environment that allows others to experience the freedom and fullness of the kingdom. 

Annalise Reis

Bio

From Columbus, OH, Annie is a vocalist for Encounter Worship and staff member of Encounter Ministries. Over everything, her one desire is for her worship and ministry to be a resting place for the presence of God, where intimacy with His heart is priority. Annie seeks to cultivate atmospheres of pure worship through deep devotion and love for the person of Jesus.

Jacob Wenzel

Bio

Jacob is a worship leader and keys player from Lansing, MI. He plays for Encounter Worship and also helps lead worship in the Diocese of Lansing throughout Mid-Michigan, and internationally at different events and conferences. Jacob’s heart for worship was born from receiving freedom through worship, and now he wants to release that freedom in worship through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Julie Becka

Bio

“I’m just practicing for Heaven, where I’ll get to praise my love and King forever.”

about us

PRESENCE-DRIVEN , PROPHETIC WORSHIP.

Worship can be described as the valuing of God and the outward expression of loving Him above all things. Here at Encounter, one way we value and treasure God is by worshiping him in song and music –  free of a performance mentality with a child-like joy.

As the Encounter School of Ministry equips us and helps us grow in the different giftings God has given us, our goal with Encounter Worship is to specifically help our Main Campus students and alumni operate more effectively in areas of worship and music.

Stay Connected!

opportunities

PRESCHOOL WORSHIP

Our worship ministry is a direct extension of the school, so the core of our worship happens before class for preschool worship. This is a time to prepare ourselves to receive during class, with worship being lead by students and alumni as an opportunity for leaders to grow and develop their gifting in worship.

COMMUNITY GATHERINGS

Worship is more than just the music and performing on a stage, so in an effort to be filled and worship in freedom, we hold weekly gatherings of worship with short teachings in an atmosphere of open heaven to freely give and receive from the Lord. These gatherings should never be an obligation or performance, but a time to rest and recharge.

TRANSFORMATION NIGHTS, CONFERENCES, & MORE!

Our worship also extends beyond the school through various events and opportunities that we host. Our worship teams help open and flood the room with the presence of heaven before any talk, testimony, or ministry begins. We also accompany and worship throughout events and ministry time to maintain the kingdom mindset.