APOSTOLIC TEAM

Olen Griffing, FOUNDER

Saved on March 2, 1970 at the age of 31, Olen, the son of a preacher, answered God’s call to a pastoral ministry shortly thereafter. Upon graduating from Southwestern Theological Seminary in 1972 he served in his first pastorate at the First Baptist Church Johnson City, Texas. In March 1974 he became the pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. Olen candidly testifies about the difficult 9 months that followed his arrival at the church. In December 1974, Shady Grove Baptist Church burned to the ground. Olen founded Shady Grove Church with the few families that remained. Under his leadership, Olen built a foundation with a strong emphasis on team ministry, world missions and vibrant praise and worship. Olen’s vision to see the manifest presence of God and the spirit of the Tabernacle of David restored in accordance with scripture transformed Shady Grove Church. The All Nations House of Prayer was a result of this movement of the church.

Allan Latta

Allan is married to Yvette. They have two children and two grandchildren. Allan graduated from Bible College in Houston, TX and served for several years as an Assistant Pastor there.

In ’84, Alan and his family moved to Dallas/Fort Worth and eventually joined Shady Grove Church, where they served in Children’s and Small Group Ministries, before helping plant a Shady Grove Congregation in Granbury, Texas. At the end of that year – 1991 - Alan became the first Senior Pastor of the new church; now known as Generations Church of Granbury, where he and Yvette began earnestly seeking to be a blessing to the community and over the years have ministered at 15 other Granbury congregations with increasing unity.

John Parks

For over 30 years, Pastor John Parks has served the body of Christ. He has pastored and planted churches throughout the greater Houston area. Believing he is to give influence to the next generation, there are many “sons” ministering in various works globally. Currently, he is a regional director of Antioch Oasis International. Serving in Apostolic capacity, his Christ gifts of exhortation and teaching leave a Glory impartation with signs & wonders following.

Kerry Kirkwood, Network Director

Kerry is the Network Director for Antioch Oasis International network of churches. He and his wife, Diane, are the founding pastors of the Trinity Fellowship Church in Tyler, Texas. The church was started in July of 1987. Kerry is a dynamic teacher and looked to by many as a Pastor to pastors. The burden and compassion of his heart was to reach people who would not be helped by the traditional forms of religion. Neh. 8:10 became the foundation of this vision. Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”  Kerry and Diane have 4 grown children, 3 of whom are married, and 2 grandchildren.

Jon Dunn

Jon Dunn of Gateway Church is married to his beautiful wife Laurinda and they  have raised five wonderful children. Andrew, Elisabeth, Lauren, Micah, and Michael. He was Senior Pastor of Shady Grove Church until a merger took place early in 2013 with Gateway Church (gatewaypeople.com).   Jon and Laurinda welcomed a new daughter to the family when his oldest son Andrew married a lovely Italian woman, Valeria. Pastor Jon spent 4 years pastoring and raising up leadership in a Danish Evangelical Covenant Church in Bornholm, Denmark. He also spent 2 years in Cyprus pastoring leaders at a missions training base. Pastor Jon believes in a generational God, his messages are relevant to people of all ages. 

Kody Hughes

Kody Hughes serves as Senior Pastor at Eastern Heights Church in Cleburne, Texas. He served as executive pastor for 15 years under Farris Whitehead. While executive pastor, Kody developed a healthy small group ministry and studied church health and growth. He was given the assignment of general contractor over the construction of a new Worship Center for Eastern Heights in 2000 and the project not only changed the face of the church but also the culture. It created a mentality shift toward being outwardly focused instead of inwardly focused. The church quickly grew from 400 to 1000 in regular attendance and continues to grow. Kody became Sr. Pastor in 2013 after a very successful leadership transition. He now shares their story of how they are becoming a large church in a small town.

REGIONAL COORDINATOR

Ed Herald

As a young boy Pastor Ed Herald was raised in a Christian home. Pastor Ed knew as a young man that there was more to his life than simply attending church services. His passion for others was a constant motivation for service. His passion and desire to seek the Father's heart pushed him on to pursuing ministry and helping those in need. Pastor Ed and his wife Beth have served the Body of Christ for more than 15 years in the positions of Elders, Youth Pastors, and Associate Pastors. He currently services as the Senior Pastor at Victory.

Pastor Ed has the true heart of a Pastor. He desires to see marriages restored, families reunited, hearts mended, bodies healed, and souls saved. Pastor Ed has a passion to empower the Body of Christ.

Pastor Ed and Beth have three married sons; Brandon and his wife Maraline, Jarrod and his wife Elizabeth, and Matthew and his wife Amber, who are all active in the ministry. They also now have 10 grandchildren: Rachel, Jaron, Serenity, Justus, Corban, Judah, Madison, Evangeline, Promise & Annabelle.

Kody Hughes

Kody Hughes serves as Senior Pastor at Eastern Heights Church in Cleburne, Texas. He served as executive pastor for 15 years under Farris Whitehead. While executive pastor, Kody developed a healthy small group ministry and studied church health and growth. He was given the assignment of general contractor over the construction of a new Worship Center for Eastern Heights in 2000 and the project not only changed the face of the church but also the culture. It created a mentality shift toward being outwardly focused instead of inwardly focused. The church quickly grew from 400 to 1000 in regular attendance and continues to grow. Kody became Sr. Pastor in 2013 after a very successful leadership transition. He now shares their story of how they are becoming a large church in a small town.

STAFF

Olen Griffing, FOUNDER

Saved on March 2, 1970 at the age of 31, Olen, the son of a preacher, answered God’s call to a pastoral ministry shortly thereafter. Upon graduating from Southwestern Theological Seminary in 1972 he served in his first pastorate at the First Baptist Church Johnson City, Texas. In March 1974 he became the pastor of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Grand Prairie, Texas. Olen candidly testifies about the difficult 9 months that followed his arrival at the church. In December 1974, Shady Grove Baptist Church burned to the ground. Olen founded Shady Grove Church with the few families that remained. Under his leadership, Olen built a foundation with a strong emphasis on team ministry, world missions and vibrant praise and worship. Olen’s vision to see the manifest presence of God and the spirit of the Tabernacle of David restored in accordance with scripture transformed Shady Grove Church. The All Nations House of Prayer was a result of this movement of the church.

Kerry Kirkwood, Network Director

Kerry is the Network Director for Antioch Oasis International network of churches. He and his wife, Diane, are the founding pastors of the Trinity Fellowship Church in Tyler, Texas. The church was started in July of 1987. Kerry is a dynamic teacher and looked to by many as a Pastor to pastors. The burden and compassion of his heart was to reach people who would not be helped by the traditional forms of religion. Neh. 8:10 became the foundation of this vision. Then he said to them, “Go, eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.”  Kerry and Diane have 4 grown children, 3 of whom are married, and 2 grandchildren.

Diane Kirkwood, Network Prayer Director

Is from Trinity Fellowship Church in Tyler, is our prayer coordinator for our Network. Diane is married to Kerry Kirkwood, Network Director of AOI and Senior Pastor of Trinity Fellowship Church in Tyler, TX.