Jesus said, “if you believe in me, you will do the works that I do, and greater things because I’m going to the Father” (Jn 14:12).  Encounter Ministries exists to train and disciple Catholics to demonstrate the power and love of God in their sphere of influence through the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Through our school of ministry, conferences, and we provide the best ministry to empower disciples to love like Jesus.

Encounter Ministries is recognized as a canonical private association according to Code of Canon Law paragraph 216 and paragraph 299 §1-2 in good standing in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan out of St. Patrick Church under the permission and blessing of Bishop Earl Boyea.  Encounter Ministries legally operates as a federally approved 501c3 non-profit organization.


Evangelization cannot be reduced to words and persuasion only.  Our vision is to see a Church truly empowered by the Holy Spirit where disciples are confident to proclaim the Gospel and then demonstrate it through signs, wonders and miracles.  God’s love is supernatural and he wants to raise up a Church that can bring heaven to earth through the power and love of God in their life.

“My message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God (1 Cor 2: 4-5)”

Our logo with the Eucharist in it is very important.  In the Eucharist, we receive the mighty Sacrament of Jesus’ body so that we too might become a sacrament to the world.  CCC 521 says “Christ enables us to live in him all that he himself lived, and he lives it in us. ‘By his Incarnation, he, the Son of God, has in a certain way united himself with each man.’ We are called only to become one with him, for he enables us as the members of his Body to share in what he lived for us in his flesh as our model.” Test


Patrick Reis

Executive Director

Executive Director of Encounter Ministries.

Joe Philip

Associate Director

Associate Director of Encounter Ministries.

Dr. Mary Healy S.T.D.

Encounter School Curriculum Advisor

Member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission. Professor of Theology at Sacred Heart Major Seminary.


Karen Steplitus

Director of Administration & Communication

Sean Breeden

Director of Events and Finance