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Dec 28-30, 2020 at St. Patrick Catholic Church


The Encounter Conference is the flagship event for Encounter Ministries where we seek to gather leaders of revival in the Church to encounter God's refreshment, encouragement and impartation of greater anointing for ministry.

Conference participants can expect an atmosphere of spirit-filled worship in the presence of God, Mass, inspiring and transforming keynote speakers, breakout sessions, Eucharistic adoration, a healing service, fellowship and many opportunities for prayer ministry and growth in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

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Confirmed Speakers

Fr. Mathias Thelen

President, Encounter Ministries

Peter Herbeck

Author & Vice President of Renewal Ministries

Dr. Mary Healy

Author & Professor at Sacred Heart Major Seminary

Barbara Heil

From His Heart Ministries

Fr. Dave Pivonka

President, Franciscan University of Steubenville

Patrick Reis

Executive Director, Encounter Ministries



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Encounter Conference Schedule

1:00pm - Pre-Conference Registration Open (PREMIUM Ticket-Holders Only)

1:30PM - Pre-Conference Sessions Begin (PREMIUM Ticket-Holders Only)

Begins with worship. Sessions with Fr. Mathias Thelen, Patrick Reis, and conference speakers. Session includes addresses from speakers and panel discussions on how leaders are implementing the power of the Holy Spirit into their Churches and ministries as well as time to share prophetic senses on what God is doing in the Church in this next season. This will close with a special time for prayer ministry and impartation.

5:00pm - General Registration Open

6:00pm - Opening Worship

7:00pm - General Session

Speaker TBD


Our COVID-19 policies during the conference will match those of St. Patrick Catholic Church at the time of the conference (i.e. the same guidelines which are followed at Mass). The current guidelines are the conference venue will utilize a maximum of 35% of the fire code capacity for social distancing purposes, and masks must be worn at all times. There will also be hand sanitizer stations and additional masks available at the entrance. At a recent gathering, we employed modified guidelines for prayer ministry which included participants staying at their chairs for prayer ministry. Participants simply stood or raised their hand to express interest in receiving prayer. The prayer ministers then stood behind them (wearing masks) to avoid breathing directly into their face. Our prayer ministers have also been instructed to avoid touching any participant’s head or hands as well. We expect we will be employing very similar guidelines, however if there is any change to this, we will update this information accordingly. Be advised that there is inherent risk of transmission of COVID-19 in large group gatherings, especially with attendees traveling by air. Therefore, we recommend that if you have any concerns with these policies and especially if you are in a vulnerable category that you strongly consider attending the conference with our ONLINE ticket.

8:30am - Conference Mass

9:45am - General Session

Speaker TBD

11:30am - Lunch Break + Confessions Available

1:30pm - General Session

Speaker TBD

3:15pm - General Session

Speaker TBD

4:30pm - Dinner Break

6:30pm - General Session

Speaker TBD

9:00am - General Session with Eucharistic Adoration

Speaker TBD

11:30am - Lunch Break + Confessions Available

1:30pm - General Session

Speaker TBD

3:15pm - Conference Mass

Celebrant & Homilist: TBD

4:30pm - Dinner Break

6:30pm - General Session

Speaker TBD

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Why did the conference move from DeVos Place in Grand Rapids to St. Patrick's in Brighton, MI?

The COVID-19 guidelines in the State of Michigan require us to be in a post-pandemic phase before having an event of our normal magnitude. However, we do have a religious exemption the same as Mass to host events at our local parish. Therefore, we have moved the conference to allow it to continue. We are very thankful to also have the ability to livestream the conference to reach as many people as possible with the transforming power and love of Jesus.

Can I become a conference vendor?

Due to the smaller size of our venue this year, we do not have sufficient space for vendors this year. We look forward to having vendors at our conference again next year.

Will there be a Kids Track and Teen Track?

Unfortunately, there will not be a Kids Track or Teen Track this year. Due to the restrictions of being in a much smaller venue due to COVID-19, we simply do not have sufficient space to host our youth tracks this year. We are hopeful that next year, we will be able to offer our youth tracks again. Our regular event is for adults age 18+ and out of high school, so please keep this in mind with your conference planning.

Are meals provided in the registration?

Meals are NOT automatically provided in the registration fee, HOWEVER we offering a meal plan for the price of $100 to the first 150 people interested this year. Keep in mind that our schedule also provides 2 hour breaks for both lunch and dinner for participants to eat food they bring or to partake in one of the restaurants within a short driving distance of the conference.

Do students registered for the fall semester of the Encounter School of Ministry still need to register for the conference?

As a student of our local or satellite or online Encounter School of Ministry this coming fall, the cost of the LIVESTREAM of our annual conference is included in your tuition. We do still need each of you who is attending to register for the conference with a registration portal which will open for you in October. Therefore, if you are taking advantage of the free ONLINE ticket, please DO NOT register at this time (or if you have already registered, email to let us know so that we can make the necessary adjustments). In October, you will be able to register free of charge for the ONLINE ticket directly on your student dashboard.

As a reminder, we have not charged you at all for your conference ticket. Your tuition only covers your attendance of classes, and your conference ticket is something we simply provide free of charge since students act as our prayer ministers. So, if you choose not to attend the onsite or online conference, there will be no reimbursement to you.

Are there discounts for alumni students of the School of Ministry, or for family members of current/alumni students?

At this time, we are not offering discounts for alumni students (will be alumni as of fall 2020), or for current/alumni students’ family members. Therefore, alumni can register in the regular registration portal and pay full price.

Is there a discounted ticket price for seminarians, religious brothers and sisters, deacons, or large group/bulk ticket sales? Can you offer any other type of scholarship, housing, or financial assistance?

Seminarians & Religious – Yes, we do offer a significant discount for seminarians as well as religious brothers and sisters living in community. To obtain a discount code, please reach out to Sean Breeden at, and let him know the seminary you attend, or the name of your religious community. NOTE: For seminarians, if you would like to altar serve at the conference liturgies, please also mention that in your email as well (not all who volunteer may be needed)

Deacons – No, we are not offering a discount for deacons. However, we would love for you to assist at our conference liturgies. Simply email to let him know you plan to do so.

Large Groups – No, we are not offering a discount for large group/bulk ticket sales at this time.

Financial Assistance – No, we do not offer scholarships, housing, or any other form of financial assistance at this time. However, our recommendation is to first ask for assistance from your local church community which can more efficiently help you to register. That being said, sometimes we do have donors contact us who want to pay for someone else to attend. So, if you would like to check with us to see if any of these paid spots are available, contact to inquire.

Can I still come if I can't attend all the sessions? Is there a discount for partial attendance?

Yes, you are free to attend whatever parts of the conference you are able.  Your registration will get you access to the entire conference, however no discount will be extended for partial attendance.

Can I get a refund if the conference is canceled due to laws surrounding Coronavirus?

Yes, if the conference is canceled because there is a law in place which will prohibits large gatherings at the time of the event, then you will receive a full refund of your registration cost. If the conference is still proceeding but you have voluntarily decided to withdraw your registration at least three days prior to the event, then you can still contact us to receive a coupon code which will allow you to credit your full registration cost toward any future Encounter event within the next 12 months. Keep in mind you also have the option of transferring your ticket to our ONLINE option, and you would receive a reimbursement of the difference of the cost between your original ticket and the online ticket.

If I can no longer attend, then can I get a refund or transfer my ticket to someone else?

If you have registered for our event but can no longer attend due to the conference moving locations to Brighton, Michigan, we are able to issue a monetary refund or transfer you to our ONLINE ticket until October 9th. We are not able to directly transfer your ticket to someone else. BUT, by emailing Sean Breeden at, we can issue you a coupon code to credit your full registration cost toward any future Encounter event within the next 12 months. If you wish for someone else to use this coupon code in your place (whether for this conference or another one), simply provide the code to that party, and they will enter it when they register themselves for the event.

For priests attending the conference, where should we send our Letter of Suitability/Good Standing to concelebrate Mass and hear confessions?

All Letters of Suitability/Good Standing for priests attending the conference who wish to concelebrate conference liturgies and/or hear confessions should be MAILED at least two weeks prior to the conference to the address below. Please also email Sean Breeden at, so that we are aware that your letter has been mailed.

Mr. Michael Andrews, Chancellor

Diocese of Lansing

228 N. Walnut St.

Lansing, MI  48933

Who can I contact with a question not addressed on your website or in the FAQ's?

If you have a question not addressed on our website or FAQ’s, feel free to contact our Director of Events, Sean Breeden, at


Our official partnering hotel is Holiday Inn Express & Suites (the Nemco Way branch, NOT the South US-23/Whitmore Lake Rd branch). Our conference has reserved 100 rooms for our conference guests and negotiated a room discount for our participants. To reserve a hotel room with our group rate, simply CLICK HERE, or you can also call (810) 225-0600 and mention the Encounter Ministries guest room block.

If rooms fill up at our partner hotel, other nearby options are the Hampton Inn, Candlewood Suites, and Holiday Inn Express South-US 23 (all Brighton, MI addresses).

St. Patrick Catholic Church

711 Rickett Rd – Brighton, MI 48116

Half of our conference attendees will have sessions in our church sanctuary. The majority of parking for the event is directly next to the church.

St. Patrick Parish Life Center

710 Rickett Rd – Brighton, MI 48116

The other half of our conference attendees will have sessions in the Parish Life Center, which is directly across Rickett Road from the church. For those who arrive early, there is limited parking available next to the Parish Life Center.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites
7850 Nemco Way – Brighton, MI 48116

Parking is free for hotel guests.

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There are very limited quick meal options within reasonable walking distance of the conference. Therefore, we are offering a meal ticket option to the first 150 people who are interested. The cost is $100 per person to cover meals from Monday dinner through Wednesday dinner. These meals will be provided by local business, C.C. Catering. For those who choose not to partake in our meal ticket option, the Brighton area offers a wide variety of food and dining choices for all budgets just a few minutes drive away. Click the photo to the right for a few great options!

For attendees who will travel to the Encounter Conference by air, the largest airport nearby is Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). It is a 44 mile drive from the airport to St. Patrick Chuch.

Flights to Detroit

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