January 4-6 at Resurrection Church in New Albany, OH

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


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Speaker Profiles

Father Mathias Thelen STL is the senior leader of Encounter Ministries and Pastor of St. Patrick Church in Brighton, MI.  His life is a witness to the power of impartation to receive an increase in the anointing of the Holy Spirit and God’s desire to poor out his Spirit on on those who hunger and thirst for more!  Father Mathias carries an incredible healing anointing and a desire to see every Catholic equipped to do the works of Jesus and help usher in the New Springtime of the Church.

Listen to his testimony from Encounter Radio here:

Fr. John Riccardo is the Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel in Plymouth Michigan and popular host of the radio program Christ is the Answer.  Father Riccardo is passionate about the New Evangelization and has helped lead countless souls to know Jesus Christ.

Patrick Reis is the Director of the Encounter School of Ministry and is one of the leaders of Encounter Ministries.  He was featured in the 2017 documentary “Fearless: A Documentary on the Holy Spirit and Evangelization.”  He carries a strong prophetic anointing and has a heart to see the body of Christ raised up to hear God’s voice and demonstrate the kingdom of God in power and love.

Listen to Patrick’s Testimony on Encounter Radio here:

Aaron Richards is the assistant coordinator of Encounter Ministries and the Director of Operations for Catholic Youth Summer Camp.  Aaron was featured in the 2017 FEARLESS documentary and has been noted as a gifted teacher on the gifts and life of the Holy Spirit.

Listen to Aaron’s testimony on Encounter Radio here:

Fr. David Sizemore is the pastor of Saint Francis DeSales in Newark, OH and pastoral advisor to Encounter Ministries.  Father Dave is a leader in evangelization in the diocese of Columbus and has a powerful passion for revival.

Listen to Father Dave’s testimony from Encounter Radio here:

A co-host of Encounter Radio and Director of Evangelization for Catholic Youth Summer Camp, Dan DeMatte is a conference speaker and author of the book “Holiness Revolution” published by Dynamic Catholic. Dan has a passion for evangelizing Catholic teens and calling families to live in Holiness. He regularly travels and leads Holiness Revolution conferences at parishes across the country (http://dynamiccatholic.com/events/holiness-revolution/).

Listen to Dan’s testimony from Encounter Radio here:

Dr. Thomas Graves MD is a physician from Detroit who is committed to bringing people the best of medicine and the best of Jesus.  His life is a journey of being a “doubting Thomas” about the power of God to heal the sick and the process he has been through with the Lord to be on the cutting edge of seeing miracles break out in his clinic.  Dr. Graves testimony is a powerful witness to what the power of God can do outside the four walls of the Church.

A former protestant missionary to Russia, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Keith Major is an on-fire convert to Catholicism that is driven to see Catholics empowered to live free from fear and completely in the power and love of the Holy Spirit.  He and his wife Iwona run the Stone to Flesh school of supernatural ministry in Los Angeles, California.  They work closely with Bishop David O’Connell to see their pastoral region of Southern California transformed by the Gospel.

Listen to Keith’s testimony on Encounter Radio:

A graduate of the Ave Maria School of Law and attorney living in Chicago, Illinois, Michael Sullivan is a true Catholic Renaissance man who hungers to see revival and power break out in the Catholic Church.  Michael served as the Executive Producer of the groundbreaking FEARLESS documentary which has awakened thousands of Catholics to their potential to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit.

Listen to Michael’s testimony on Encounter Radio here:

Tina Burtch has been working in the Diocese of Columbus at the parish level for the past 11 years and serves as the Director of Faith Formation and Evangelization at St. Francis DeSales.. Tina has a passion to see parishes revived and fully alive in the Holy Spirit.  has been blessed to work as a High School Youth Minister, Confirmation Director, and Director of Evangelization. Tina has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Heidelberg University and a Masters degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver.

Brendan O’Rourke leads the Encounter Worship Team and has been an influential leader in the growth of Encounter Ministries in cultivating an atmosphere of high praise in the presence of God.  Brendan carries a strong prophetic anointing in his worship and longs to see the people of God transformed through worship of the true God.

Sarah serves are the National Director of Alpha YouthShe holds a BA in English Literature, a MA in therapeutic counseling, and is currently completing a MA in Pastoral Studies in Evangelization.  Prior to her post at Alpha she was the Director of Youth Ministry & Evangelization for 11 years at a church in Detroit, MI.  Sarah carries a very strong prophetic gifting and confidence in the Holy Spirit to come and fill his children.

Listen to Sarah’s testimony on Encounter Radio here:

Conference Schedule

5:00pm – Doors open and registration

7:00pm – General Session

9:00 am – General Session
11:30am – Lunch Break
1:30 pm – Breakout Sessions
3:00 pm – General Session
5:00 pm – Encounter Ministries Benefit Dinner* with Fr. Mathias Thelen, Fr. John Riccardo and conference speakers
7:00 pm – General Session

* Registration for the benefit is required at https://encounterministries.us/benefit-dinner/

9:00 am – General Session
11:00am – lunch break
1:30 pm – Breakout Sessions
3:00 Break
3:15pm Breakout Sessions
4:45pm- Break
5:00pm – Mass
7:00pm – Healing Service

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Places to Stay

5220 Forest Dr, New Albany, OH 43054

Tel: 614-855-8842

Special Rates: $89 for king size suite with sofe & $99 for 2 Queen Suite with sofa.  Special rate available while rooms last.  Dealine to register: 12/22/17.

5211 Forest Dr, New Albany, OH 43054

Tel: (614) 855-1505

Special Rate: $109


Can I still come if I can't attend all the sessions?

Yes, you are free to attend whatever parts of the conference you are able.  Your registration will get you access to the entire conference.

Why aren't the speakers listed on the schedule?

Due to speaker schedules, the actual schedule will not be announced until closer to the conference.

Are meals provided in the registration?

Meals are not provided in the registration fee.  There are 2 hours breaks between lunch and dinner for participants to run out and grab food at the many local establishments close by.

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All donations help defray the costs of running the conference. Encounter Ministries is a 501c3 non-profit and all donations are tax deductible. A receipt for your donation here will be sent to you for your tax records.
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All registrations are final. Refunds are processed for those with medical emergencies only and will be subject to a $25 cancellation fee. Children 12 and under may attend conferences without paid registration provided they stay with a guardian. By attending this event you consent to any photographs or video footage that may be taken for any purpose.