learn to live a supernatural lifestyle

Designed and established from the heart of Encounter Ministries, this school draws from the richness of our Catholic heritage as we seek to teach, equip, and activate disciples to demonstrate the love of God through the power of the Holy Spirit in their spheres of influence. In conformity with the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church, we offer students a dynamic  2-year training program designed to take you to the next level in your 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.“

summer intensive

Special Summer Event | Experience a survey the first four quarters of the Encounter School of Ministry through 3-day* intensive event.  *Online campus will meet 4 times over a 4-week period. 

curriculum overview

The ESM curriculum maintains faithful adherence to the traditions and teachings of the Catholic Church. It has been reviewed and approved by a team of theologians and local bishops.

main campus

Brighton, MI |  Our main campus is held at the Parish Life Center (PLC) of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Brighton, Michigan. Here resides the founders of the Encounter School of Ministry, Fr. Mathias Thelen and Patrick Reis. Main Campus instructors include Dr. Mary Healy, Joe Philip, Sarah Kaczmarek, Fr. Patrick Gonyeau, and Fr. Boniface Hicks as well as many guest instructors from ministries around the world.  Live worship before each class is led by members of Encounter Worship.

online campus

Our Online Campus is offered in English, French, Spanish and German.  Each student will have the opportunity to meet weekly with other students from around the world through our live zoom  classes, while also having the flexibility of learning through our teaching videos filmed from our Main Campus in Brighton Michigan.  Each live class session will be led by a trained facilitator, where students are able to share testimonies, practice what they have learned, participate in activations and live prayer ministry.

satellite campuses

We are pleased to share the launching of over 30 satellite campuses around the world, with new campuses launching each year. These on-site campuses are led by trained alumni of the Encounter School of Ministry, each with a unique atmosphere. All satellite campuses follow the standard ESM curriculum and format, and have been reviewed, approved and welcomed by their local bishops.