Encounter Church is a multi-racial, multi-cultural congregation that is “Encountering God, Empowering People, and Evangelizing the World”. Senior Pastors: Joey and Denise Turner. Encounter is not only impacting Gaffney and the surrounding communities in North and South Carolina with the Gospel, but also many nations around the world. We strongly support outreach and missions, locally and internationally. Encounter Church started out strong in its very first service on November 7, 2004, with a near capacity crowd. Until 2014, we were known as Restoration Church International.