Our Story

About us...

Encounter Church is a different kind of place. You’ll notice it the first time you walk in: Smiling faces, helpful people, a relaxed atmosphere, energetic music and relevant teaching.  We are a group of Spirit-filled people who love to worship God and value His presence! Come as you are; let's worship together!

Rich Stein


Rich and Jo came to St Helena in 2017.
They are originally from South Africa, but spent 11 years in England before coming to Napa Valley.
They have 2 beautiful daughters, Aria and Cali.

Expanding our vision...

Our vision here at Encounter Church is pretty simple… We want to see people and cities encounter Jesus! We believe one encounter with Him changes everything. As a result of this, we value His presence, we serve to cultivate a culture of honor amongst each other and we value community, both church family and in our community.

We believe God has called this house to be a ministry resource for the world and are called to be outward focused. We believe in raising up leaders who can take their passions and start ministries in their places of business, homes, schools, colleges etc. It’s a work in progress but we believe God will release every good gift He has for us. We are working towards being a worship resource and are developing a recording studio to record and release worship music and raise up worship leaders as well. We want to see our city changed through His power and love. We want to see people changed by encountering His goodness.

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together at 10 am.