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Launch School of Evangelism "cohort," located in Waxahachie, Texas, operates in partnership with SUM Bible College and Theological Seminary to enhance the distance education that SUM provides. SUM is a fully accredited Bible College that is training men and women to proclaim Christ throughout the cities of our world! At the Launch School of Evangelism cohort you will be able to gather with like-minded SUM students in a dynamic classroom environment while fulfilling the SUM experiential ministry and spiritual training requirements via the practical hands-on ministry training and transformational mentorship provided by Launch School of Evangelism .

Here is what sets Launch School of Evangelism apart:

  • Holy Spirit filled environment
  • Participation in established, world-reaching ministries
  • Mentoring by Evangelists and Pastors from across the world with ministry experience
  • Hands on Church Planting Experience
  • Dynamic Leadership Training
  • Urban, Suburban, and Rural Outreach Experience
  • Opportunities to travel the U.S. with seasoned Evangelists
  • Our commitment to help place you in your specific call in the ministry after graduation.

Visionary Leadership


Joe Oden was delivered from a life of alcohol and substance abuse through an Acts 9 encounter with Jesus Christ. This experience propelled Joe into ministry, and the flame for evangelism still burns today. Joe graduated from the Brownsville School of Ministry during the heat of the revival, which began in 1995. He had the privilege to be mentored by men who have been used mightily by God, including Johnny Jernigan, Larry Tomczak, and Steve Hill.

Joe currently travels around America and the world mobilizing the church and igniting flames of revival to win souls. Joe brings a fresh message of revival fire coupled with an anointing to teach the local church how to effectively evangelize their community with the gospel. He currently serves as the Evangelism Coordinator for the North Texas District of the Assemblies of God. He’s leading a nationwide evangelism director’s network called REACH America, and is also the director of Launch School of Evangelism. He authors the Acts 29 School of Evangelism manual, which is used for Love Your Neighbor outreach weekends throughout America to equip, ignite, and mobilize the local church for the great commission. In addition, Joe has served as the Evangelism Instructor at Christ for the Nations and the Director of Evangelism at Heartland World Ministries Church and Heartland School of Ministry. Joe brings a dynamic edge to the classroom that impacts young disciples to carry the gospel to a lost and dying world.

Over the past decade, Joe has had the privilege to serve the church and body of Christ as a foreign missionary, a missionary evangelist to America, a professor, and a church planter. Joe has ministered in Thailand (where a church was planted and is there still today), India, England, Scotland, Switzerland, Holland, Poland, Mexico, Uganda and Nigeria. Throughout these nations souls were saved, people were healed, churches were planted, and churches were mobilized to win their cities.


Sam Farina has traveled as an Evangelist for over 35 years and
specializes in Executive Coaching. He is well known for his dynamic and creative speaking ability. Believing in the possibilities and value coaching holds for emerging leaders motivated him to create a private coaching practice. He holds a Masters Degree in Leadership from the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. Presently, Sam is writing his dissertation and will receive his doctorate with an emphasis in professional coaching in May 2014.

Sam is married and lives in the Dallas Metroplex, with his wife Vicki who is an ACC Certified Coach. They are passionate for individuals, teams & organizations to achieve their full potential.


Joel Stockstill has been a prophetic voice for believers young and old across the nation for many years. The Lord has given Joel a unique message to the Body of Christ that reaches beyond age, nationality, and cultural barriers. Many pastors and youth pastors seek Joel’s insight in the areas of leadership strategy, youth ministry, and spiritual understanding. He desires to see the church focus on the message of the Cross, holiness, and the principles found in the book of Acts that caused the early church to explode in revival and growth.

Despite continual attacks on his kidneys since the age of 12, the Lord has used him to raise up one of the largest youth ministries in America, which currently reaches 7,000 young people across the Baton Rouge area each week. Joel’s passion for the presence of God and faith for the last days’ harvest has increased as he continues to be used by the Lord. He continues to be used to minister to young people, mentor pastors, and travel with a prophetic ministry to the body of Christ


Cohort Advisor


Trisha serves as the Cohort Advisor of Launch School of Evangelism and the Administrator of Joe Oden Ministries. She received her B.A. in
Business Administration from Dallas Baptist University and her
Paralegal Certificate from Navarro College. After her ten-year
career in the legal industry, Trisha chose to fulfill her calling as a
mom and began working from home for the ministry. Her greatest desires are to be used by God, whether on the frontlines or behind the scenes. She enjoys teaching and is passionate about living a life of holiness, integrity, and excellence. Her greatest joys are sharing life with her husband, Joe Oden, and being the mom of their two children, Noah and Abigail.



Launch School of Evangelism
5241 Farm to Market 66
Waxahachie, TX 75167

Phone: 817-284-4856, ext 7903