meet our Staff

  • Pat Kelly

    Lead pastor

    Prior to coming to Nacogdoches, Pat pastored in Weatherford and Fort Worth, Texas. Hailing from the East Coast: He was born in Virginia but lived most of his life in New Jersey. Pat received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Bridgewater College and Master of Divinity from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Pat married his best friend, April, and they have two sons: Asher and Corban. Pat and April love to travel and have served in many countries through missions. Pat enjoys sports, outdoors, community, and good coffee. 


    Pat has been on staff at Fredonia Hill since 2010.

    To email Pat, click here.

  • Kendall mcdonald

    Executive Pastor

    Kendall grew up in Flower Mound, Texas. He received a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Texas Tech University. He spent several years working with youth and college students. In 2006 he married the love of his life, Lindsey McDonald. Lindsey has her Master's degree in Linguistics from Texas Tech University and has a heart for the nations.


    Kendall has been on staff at Fredonia Hill since November of 2011.

    To email Kendall, click here.

  • Blake Russell

    Worship Pastor

    Blake is a native to Nacogdoches. He met his wife Ashley while in college at SFASU. Very early in their relationship, they felt a call to ministry. Both have served in various capacities within the church including worship leader, children's/university intern, production, and ministry associate. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin State Universty with a degree in Interpersonal Communications and a minor in Political Science. From 2006-2012 Blake served as worship leader for Great Escape, a university wide worship service held for SFA students. He also served as Contemporary Worship Leader at FBC Nacogdoches, and Jersey Village Baptist Church in Northwest Houston.


    Blake has been on staff at Fredonia Hill since December 2012. 

    To email Blake, click here.

  • Matt Murray

    FAMILY Pastor

    Matt was born and raised in Florida but his family moved to Texas in 2004. He began serving as a Student Pastor in full-time ministry in January of 2007. Matt met his wife, Megan, while serving in Nacogdoches and they were married in June of 2010. Matt studied Youth Ministry at Liberty University and graduated in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Religion. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys hunting, fishing, playing music, and community. 


    Matt has been on staff at Fredonia Hill since August 2014.

    To email Matt, click here.

  • Brittany Tucker

    Assistant to the Executive Pastor

     & university Assistant

    Brittany grew up in Salado, Texas. She attended SFA and received a degree in Child & Family Development with a minor in Early Childhood Intervention. Since 2011 Brittany has worked with families with children that have Special Needs in various settings. Her desire for seeing these families come to church and be loved on by the community is what birthed the Joy Ministry here at Fredonia Hill. Brittany has a heart for the nations and enjoys spending time with friends, reading, dancing, and watching sports.


    Brittany has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2012.

    To email Brittany, click here.

  • Arely Victorio

    Lead Receptionist, Youth & 

    Children's  Ministry Assistant

    Arely was born in Mexico, but came to the states at a young age. She was raised in Nacogdoches. She has been married for ten years. Fransisco and her have two children, Aaron and Alexa. They serve in many areas of the church including: Childrens and Youth. She enjoys serving and encouraging students with their walk with Christ. Arely enjoys spending time with family, crocheting, and listening to music. Her favorite Bible verse is Colossians 3:23.


    Arely has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2011.

    To email Arely, click here.

  • John James

    Media Director & Worship Assistant

    John was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a Business degree in 2015. Currently he serves as the Media Director and Worship Assistant. Beforehand, he spent nearly 3 years  serving under Blake Russell as the Worshp Ministry Armor Bearer and Armor Bearer Resident. He also leads the Youth Worship Band. John enjoys music, coffee, and comic books. When he isn't working, he is often found at Java Jacks.


    John has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2014.

    To email John, click here.

  • Meleena James

    Director of University Ministry

    Meleena was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a degree in Organizational Communication in 2015. Currently she serves in the University ministry.  She spends her time discipling ladies, working with Armor Bearers, and handling all of the logistics within our college ministry. Beforehand, Meleena spent three years, serving as a Armor Bearer and Armor Bearer Resident. She has also worked with our children and youth ministries. Meleena enjoys coffee, friends, and airports.


    Meleena has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2013.

    To email Meleena, click here.

  • Glenice Harrison

    Nursery Coordinator

    To email Glenice, click here.

Armor Bearers

Here at Fredonia Hill, we value discipling the  next generation of leaders.  Our Armor Bearers all strategically work with pastors within particular ministries to serve Fredonia Hill. The Armor Bearer program is a year long exstensive program that is aimed at teaching young Adults how to serve  the local church.


  • Kate bretches

    University Ministry

    "Hi! I'm Kate! I've been serving at Fredonia Hill since the spring of 2015. I'm from Longview, Texas and I am pursuing my undergraduate at SFA in Sociology with plans of getting my masters in counseling. I've served at FH within Revive (College) Ministry and Life Groups. I'm very passionate about traveling and missions. Outside of church, I enjoy crafting and listening to music."


    You can email Kate by clicking here.

  • Chris Barton

    University Ministry

    "My name is Chris Barton and I 'm a junior at SFA, majoring in Creative Writing. I started serving at Fredonia Hill during my second semester at SFA, while I was still a freshmen. I have mostly served in the Revive Ministry and within Life Groups. Three things I enjoy are writing poetry/fiction, drinking good coffee, and reading books. My biggest passion is Ultimate Frisbee. I'd love to play a game with you!"


    You can email Chris by clicking here.

  • Whitney Johnson

    Youth Ministry

    "HELLO!  I'm Whitney!  I'm from San Antonio, TX and I just graduated in May from SFA with a B.S. in Environmental Science. I've been serving at Fredonia Hill since August 2014. I've had the fantastic opportunity to serve in the Worship Ministry (by playing my cello), Revive, Life Groups, and primarily Youth Ministry. I love reading novels in the dark, creating and viewing art, and being with people... and watermelon.  I'm very passionate about people being included in the Body of Christ."


    You can email Whitney by clicking here.

  • Caleb Castro

    Worship Ministry

    "My name is Caleb Castro and I've been serving at Fredonia Hill within the Worship, Youth, and Media Ministries for the past seven years. I'm from Allende, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and  have been in Nacogdoches for 15 years. I have a Bachelors in Science with a major in Physics and a minor in Math from SFA. I'm currently working on an Engineering degree as well. After working as an Engineer the past few years, God called me to spend more of my time serving the local church. It has been a very rewarding decision! I enjoy music, movies, and technology."


    You can email Caleb by clicking here.