Senior Pastors Reece and Sarah Bowling were installed into leadership in 2004 by Sarah’s parents, Founding Pastors, Wallace and Marilyn Hickey.
The Hickeys founded the church in 1960 as Full Gospel Chapel with just 27 people. Since then, Full Gospel Chapel changed its name to Happy Church, Orchard Road Christian Center, and finally to Encounter Church in 2017 motivated by its move to the heart of the Denver Tech Center.
Encounter Church celebrates being a multicultural, multi-generational body with a distinct worship style, and thriving youth and children’s programs. Encounter Church functions both as a local church and well as a globally-minded, fully-engaged ministry center, supporting more than 50 missionaries, including Marilyn Hickey Ministries and Sarah’s organization, Saving Moses.
Pastor Reece earned his Masters of Divinity from Oral Roberts University, while Pastor Sarah has her BA in German from ORU and her MA in Modern History from the University of Missouri. Together they are an energetic, anointed ministry team with a passion for God’s Word and His people.
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