Encounter Prayer & Worship Center is part of Every Nation Ministries and Global Legacy, an association of Bethel Church in Redding, CA, led by Bill Johnson. Encounter started as a church plant in January 2006. Pastors Sam and Evie Benton received a clear call from God to move to Charlotte. They began by meeting with one couple and a few friends and later connected with a group of eastern European believers who expressed a desire to join. Encounter is pleased to offer live Russian translation of the message, as an outreach to their community.

Encounter is a body of believers who cultivate and welcome the presence of God. In recent years He has begun to show us the power of His abiding presence. Our goal is to preach the redemptive and restorative power of Christ and establish the kingdom of God on earth, even as Jesus prayed, “Your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

In June 2015, we moved to our new location in Matthews, NC. Our hearts are to become a center of prayer and worship for all believers in the greater Charlotte area. We offer various groups to equip believers in all aspects of life and to empower them to walk in the unique gifts and abilities God has placed on their lives.

We passionately love God and actively love people!