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

Our Team


Kristin Heverley

Financial Secretary


Paige Bogle

Administrative Assistant


Mike Bedard



Terry Friesen

Lead Pastor



Brock Lawley

Director of Worship and Media Arts


Ryan Cagno

Teaching Pastor



Jill Star

Director Children’s Assimilation



Ann Miller

Director of Operations


Pam Crawn

Worship and Media Arts Administrator


Ted Simmons

Youth Pastor



Stephanie Schell

Director Of Children’s Ministry



Maria Franchina

Director Children’s programming


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Our Campus

Encounter Church of Palmyra is located at 220 Campbelltown Road.