We Are Encounter Church

Our Mission is to call all people to be fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.

Our Core Values

Following Jesus

The gospel of Jesus Christ is a message about God’s grace … God’s generous, unearned provision for our need for forgiveness and spiritual rebirth.

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

God’s Word

It is only through our intentional study of God’s Word that we grow to become more like Christ through daily habits that shape us and grow us spiritually.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right.”

2 Timothy 3:16

Loving Relationships

The Christian life that Jesus exemplified and taught about is not a solo journey. It’s all about engaging in genuine relationships with other people.

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

Philippians 2:3

Serving Jesus

To follow Christ always means to be called beyond ourselves, our needs, our interests … to the needs and interests of others.

“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.”

Romans 12:6

Sharing Jesus

Building intentional relationships with people far from God and far from church is what Jesus called each of us to – message-bearers, through our lives and our words, to bring His Good News to others.

“Jesus said, ‘You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Acts 1:8


What We Believe.

In essential beliefs, we have unity. In non-essential beliefs, we have liberty. In all our beliefs, we show charity.Augustine
We believe that it is the nature of God to make Himself known. God reveals Himself to humanity in various ways, most clearly in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. We accept these divinely inspired writings as the authoritative Word of God. (John 1:1-2, 18; 2 Timothy 3:16; Hebrews 1:1-2; 11:6)
The Bible opens with the words, “In the beginning God created…” This dramatic statement declares God to be the eternal source and foundation of all that is. The Bible proceeds to reveal the person, nature, and character of the triune God who forever is–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1–2; Psalm 24:1-2; Hebrews 11:3)
God created man and woman in His image. Humans are distinct from all other forms of creation, having spiritual as well as physical characteristics. When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God, their nature became sinful. This sinful nature has become an inherent part of the human experience and has separated man from God. (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:7-9, 15-20; 9:1-6; Psalm 8:3-8; 90:1-6; 139:13-16; Ecclesiastes 12:1-7; Acts 17:26-28)
Jesus Christ, God the Son, is a distinct person of the Trinity, in perfect equality and unity with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. He was God incarnate–God in the flesh–and lived on earth as a man, fully human, yet without sin. By His suffering and sacrificial death for us, Jesus Christ provided complete atonement for sin. The bodily resurrection of Jesus from the dead after three days testifies decisively of His deity and His victory over sin and death. The risen Christ ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father, interceding for us. At the end of time, all things in heaven and earth will be brought under His rule. Every person will bow before Him and He will reign forever. (Ephesians 1:3-14; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 1:1-3)
Encounter Church is a member of the Brethren In Christ Church. Who Are The Brethren In Christ?

Thanks for asking! The ten core values (following) can help you to better understand the Brethren In Christ. In these core values we declare our ties with true Christians of all times and every place. We confess with them the faith as embodied in the Apostle’s Creed and the Nicene Creed. They express in greater detail the purpose of the denomination: “…to foster a fellowship of believers whose objective is to worship and obey the triune God, and to proclaim His gospel to all people.”


Experiencing God’s Love and Grace – we value the free gift of salvation in Christ Jesus and the transforming power of the Holy Spirit.

Believing the Bible – we value the Bible as God’s authoritative Word, study it together, and build our lives on its truth.

Worshiping God – we value heartfelt worship that is God-honoring, Spirit-directed, and life-changing.

Following Jesus – we value wholehearted obedience to Christ Jesus through the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit.

Belonging to the Community of Faith – we value integrity in relationships and mutual accountability in an atmosphere of grace, love, and acceptance.

Witnessing to the World – we value an active and loving witness for Christ to all people.

Serving Compassionately – we value serving others at their point of need, following the example of our Lord Jesus.

Pursuing Peace – we value all human life and promote forgiveness, understanding, reconciliation, and non-violent resolution of conflict.

Living Simply – we value uncluttered lives, which free us to love boldly, give generously, and serve joyfully.

Relying on God – we confess our dependence on God for everything, and seek to deepen our intimacy with Him by living prayerfully.



(For more information check out the denominational website at www.bicus.org )

Salvation is graciously provided by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The response of faith is a personal reliance on God’s grace and a turning from sin to righteousness. All who come to faith in Christ are born again, receive the Holy Spirit, become children of God, and receive the assurance of eternal life. (Luke 3:7-9; 5:31-32; 18:9-14; John 3:1-17; 16:5-15)
The Holy Spirit is a divine person who eternally co-exists with the Father and the Son. The Holy Spirit works in the world, convincing persons of sin and bringing them to repentance and faith, guiding them to fullness of life in Christ. He helps the children of God in their need, cleanses and sets them apart for holy living, and empowers them for service. The Holy Spirit gives spiritual gifts to all believers according to His sovereign will and purposes, given for the building up of the church and for ministry in the world. (Genesis 1:2; John 3:34; 14:16-17; 15:26; Acts 2; 10:38; Hebrews 9:14)
Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ established the church to be God’s new community. Jesus Christ is the head of the church, the redeemed community. His Word and will are authoritative among us. The church consists of all those who trust Jesus Christ as Savior and follow Him as Lord. The ordinances of the church are baptism and communion, which are to be observed in obedience to our Lord’s command. (Acts 2:41-47; 15; Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 2:5-11; Philippians 2:2-16)
The final destiny of all things lies in God’s hands. In God’s time, creation will be renewed in Christ. The kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdom of our Lord, and He shall reign forever. God will judge righteously at the close of the age. Those who have trusted Him and obediently followed Jesus as Lord will live eternally in His presence in heaven. Those who have not trusted Him will be eternally shut out from the presence of God in hell. (Psalm 110:1; Ephesians 1:20-23; Colossians 1:19-20; Revelation 11:15)

Our Team

Terry Friesen

Lead Pastor

Amanda Rohrer

Executive Pastor

Brock Lawley

Director of Worship and Media Arts


Ryan Cagno

Teaching Pastor


Steve Mann

Youth and Young Adult Pastor

Ted Simmons

middle school pastor

Stephanie Schell

Director Of Children’s Ministry

Maria Franchina

Director Children’s programming


Kristin Heverley

Financial Secretary

Jill Star

Director Children’s Assimilation


Ann Miller

Director of Operations

Melissa Brown

Administrative Assistant


Mike Bedard


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Our Campus

Encounter Church of Palmyra is located at 220 Campbelltown Road.