``whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and will do greater ones than these, because I am going to the Father.`` (Jn 14:12)

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2019-2020 Main Campus Application

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Drawing from the richness of our Catholic heritage and identity, we seek to teach, equip, activate and deploy disciples to be able to demonstrate the supernatural power and love of the kingdom of God in their spheres of influence. 


Each class starts off with worship and/or testimonies. God is our focus, and we love to worship Him and be in His presence! In teaching and activating, the Encounter School uses a hands-on approach. Expect out-of-class assignments designed to help you implement what you have learned. Each session will show how to minister in a way that shows love and value and serves those whom we come in contact with everyday.


You can expect an inter-generational environment of students hungry to press into Jesus’ promise of doing the works he did and even greater ones.  Our students have ranged from 18-75. Our core values at the Encounter School are driven by creating a culture of honor that is defined by freedom, risk-taking, empowerment, respect, healthy boundaries, humility and docility. There is a high level of student interaction through activations, prayer and worship. It is the culture where empowered lifestyles are sustained, encouraged and empowered!


The Encounter School is a 2 year school of ministry with classes once a week on Monday evenings from 6pm – 9:00pm.  Apart from an atmosphere of faith and worship, the goal is to activate the gifts and tools necessary for ministry and to provide a safe environment to grow.  Each year is broken up into 4 quarters covering topics essential to supernatural ministry.

Encounter School Classes go from 6:00-9:00pm on Monday nights starting in September and going through May.

Encounter School Location - St Patrick PLC Gym

All prospective students must apply online. The application is free.  Applications open between mid May and close when the number of spots are filled. Upon acceptance, the student’s spot is saved when they make their initial deposit. Any prospective students that are not accepted must wait until the following year to apply.

No.  After the first year, students will be able to choose whether or not they want to continue and finish their second year of the school.

Everyone who graduates will receive a Certificate of Ministry.  This certificate signifies completion of the requirements of the Encounter School of Ministry.

In order to graduate and receive the Certificate of Ministry, the following outcomes must be achieved:

  1. Completion of all 8 quarters (attendance of 6 out 8 classes + completion of all assigned homework).
  2. Completing a Ministry Project (outlined in your second year).

Each quarter consists of 8 classes.  Completion of each quarter for credit requires attendance at 6 our of the 8 classes and completion of assigned homework (this is very minimal).  Homework is designed to put the ministry that you learn into practice in your daily life.

Q1 – Identity and Transformation (Sept/Oct 2018)

Q2 – Power and Healing (Nov/Dec 2018)

Q3 – Hearing God and the Prophetic Gifts (Jan/Feb/Mar 2019)

Q4 – Inner Healing and Freedom (Mar/Apr/May 2019)

Q5 –  Evangelization (Sept/Oct 2019)

Q6 – Intimacy with God (Nov/Dec 2019)

Q7 – Advanced Ministry Training (Jan/Feb/Mar 2020)

Q8 – Leadership and Deployment (Mar/Apr/May 2020)

All accepted students will receive online access to the Student Dashboard.  The student dashboard is a protected site that gives you access to:

  • past class teachings (audio) of the current quarter.
  • reading assignments.
  • homework assignments.
  • portal to review and pay tuition.

A typical class in the first year generally looks like this:

6:00 Worship, prayer and testimonies

6:30 table group discussion and homework review

6:45 first teaching

7:20 activation

7:30 table group discussions

7:40 break

8:00 second teaching

8:35 activation

8:45 table group discussion

8:55 announcements, homework assigned, closing prayer

9:00 go home

No, the school of ministry is only currently being offered for on-site students.

The tuition is $200 per quarter.  Books, retreats and Mission Trips cost extra. In the event that a student withdraws from school, they may receive a prorated refund figured by calculating the remaining classes of school minus a $100 Withdrawal Fee.

The Encounter School of Ministry does not currently offer scholarships but hopes to in the future. At present, it is the duty of each student to either pay or support raise their tuition expenses.

Snapshots of the School of Ministry

School Flyer

Student Testimonies

Applications Not Currently Open

First year student applications for the 2019-2020 School Year will open in Spring of 2019.

School Leadership & Primary Teachers

Fr. Mathias Thelen S.T.L.

President & Main Teacher

Father Mathias Thelen is the President of Encounter Ministries and helps oversee the content of the Encounter School to ensure both the best teaching rooted in authentic Catholic doctrine.

Dr. Mary Healy S.T.D.

Curriculum Adviser and Guest Teacher

A close friend of Encounter Ministries, Dr. Mary Healy is a full professor of theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit and member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Dr. Healy provides counsel to school leadership on the development of curriculum teaching.

Patrick Reis M.A.

School Director

Patrick is the School Director and responsible for curriculum development and working with the school leadership and teachers to put the curriculum into effect and administer the needs of the school.

Sarah Kaczmarek M.A.

Pastoral Director

Having extensive training and experience in counseling inner healing and inner healing, Sarah is a resource to helping students who need pastoral ministry.

``Although we understand that signs, wonders and miracles are not the whole Gospel, we are convinced that the Gospel is not WHOLE without them.``


my speech and my message were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of the Spirit and power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Saint Paul 1 Corinthians 2:4-5