For 9th – 12th Grade Students

Encounter is a place where high school students can find friends, ask real questions about real life and faith, and chase after God with their peers. We meet on Sundays at 11am in the Encounter Room for a high school worship service. It’s a cafe setting that is casual and full of everything from music to laughter to teaching that makes you think. We also have Life Groups that meet on Wednesday nights during the school year and are a great place to study the Bible, to bond, and to be known in our ministry. Lastly, we also love to play and have several weekend retreats, camps, and a variety of serving opportunities for you to get involved with throughout the year too. So, don’t miss out, come and join us as we make Encounter a vital part of an epic high school life experience.


When We Meet

Sundays at 11 AM
in the Encounter Room

Life Groups

Wednesdays from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
in the Encounter Room

Events and Retreats

We have events, retreats and camp scheduled throughout the year.
Check below for more details

The Latest from Encounter

Summer Camp Highlight, Mehki Key.

Camp was incredible! One of the stories we want to highlight is the story of Mehki Key.
Mehki was a student that grew up going to journey in the years of 5th and 6th grade but was heavily involved during His years in Riptide.

In 8th grade, Mehki moved to Atlanta, Georgia to live with his mom, so therefore he was no longer able to join us here at Journey. Fast forward four years later and Mehki has graduated from high school and is expecting to move into his first year at Biola University. But thats not all, he is going for Worship Ministry.

He began his first times of worship at Journeys Rock U program that we partnered with La Mesa Middle School for,  and played in our Riptide band, and now he is leading worship himself. Mehki connected with friends from 4 years ago and signed up to join us at camp after his first weekend back at journey visiting.

A few days later, Mehki came to camp knowing four people and had an incredible time. We spent our last day of camp, (Our beach day) and he led us in Worship before we were able to pray for him and our other seniors, as they were concluding their last event as Encounter Students.   A beautiful story of Journey being “Home” away from home for so many, and how honestly we have no clue, what one small opportunity of giving a middle school worshipper a chance to lead, can do for the Kingdom!

To see more stories, videos and photos from camp, follow us on Instagram @NCNTRHSM

Morgan Mitchell
High School Director


Here is a list of pro tips for Encounter students!

Hey there this summer is jam packed with some amazing things to do as a high schooler.

Here is a list of Morgan’s pro tips for Encounter students!

1.)   Sign up for Summer Camp June 21 – 24

No, but seriously, sign up for camp. It is going to be an amazing time it’s a 4-day, 3-night experience June 21 – 24 at Vanguard University, where there will incredible teaching, activities super fun, intentional community building time, and most importantly we will encounter the presence of God together. Meet the directors here:  https://youtu.be/c6LaXyWIhpc

Sign up here: Go click that link today


2.)   Serving at Summer Fun Camp- July 10-13

We are always looking for mature, servant like, fun students to help as camp counselors for our La Mesa Summer Camp.  What a great opportunity to make an impact in the lives of those younger than us.
(Also a great way to earn 50% OFF Encounter Summer Camp). Apply here



3.)   Coffee Shop Checklist

Lets be real we all love coffee shop vibes. This summer you can go with your friends to some of the awesome coffee shops in San Diego, this is where you can hang with friends, talk life with God, and maybe even go through a book together!

(Morgans Top Picks: James Coffee (Little Italy) Copa Vida (Petco Park) Genteel Coffee (East Village) Public Square Coffee (La Mesa)


4.)   Haiti Trip Fundraisers

Encounter is going back to Haiti this summer! Our team is so excited for all that God is going to do through us the first week of August, but we are having plenty of awesome fundraisers to make it all possible. Our first coffee house will be June 13th at the Journey Java Patio

(We will also be selling nachos and root beer floats before and after service in June!)


Morgan Mitchell

Encounter Director

Morgan  is from Rochester NY. Being born and raised in the church, he has found his calling to teach people what it means to look, live, and love like Jesus.  Morgan graduated with a degree in Business Management, but during his time in college, God made it very clear to him that he has been called to be a Pastor. He is currently pursuing his Masters of Divinity. At the age of 19, he started a Spoken Word Ministry where he used poetry creatively to minister to thousands of people. In his free time he likes fitness, reading, drinking coffee, Prayer, and laughing. 

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