meet our Staff

  • Kendall McDonald

    Lead 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 University 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.

  • Glenice Harrison

    Nursery Director

    Glenice grew up in Center and moved to Nacogdoches in 1976. She & Rick have been married for 28 years and have 3 children and 5 adorable grandchildren. They are the absolute light of their lives.  The nursery is her heart & she always maintains that she has the best job in the church! She dearly loves the families of Fredonia Hill. 

    Glenice has been serving at Fredonia Hill since  1992.

    To email Glenice, click here.

  • megan drake

    children's ministry director

    Megan was raised in Huntsville, TX. She married her husband, Jeremy, in 2010 then graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor's in Community Health. They have four children, Averly, Ryder, Barrett, and Carson. Jeremy and Megan have been members of Fredonia Hill since 2015. She has enjoyed being a stay-at-home mom since their first was born in 2012 and recognizes that her first ministry is to her family. Megan enjoys crafting, coffee, reading, and spending time outside with family. 

    Megan has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2017.

    To email Megan, click here.

  • Meleena James

    University Ministry director

    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 is married to John James and they have one son, Owen. Meleena enjoys coffee, friends, and airports.

    Meleena has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2013.

    To email Meleena, click here.

  • John James

    University Ministry director

    John was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a Business degree in 2015. John is married to Meleena James and they have one son, Owen. The James Family spends most of their time ministering to college students.   John enjoys music, coffee, and comic books.


    John has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2014.

    To email John, click here.

  • Shelia Cupit

    Business Director

    Shelia was born and raised in Nacogdoches and attended Stephen F. Austin University. She served as the Financial Secretary and Pastor's Assistant for 27 years. She and her husband, Jeff, have been married for 33 years. They have three boys, Ryan, Jay Cole, and Cody. Shelia enjoys eating seafood, traveling, and playing with her Labradinger, Annie. She is widely known as "Momma Shelia" to numerous college students.

    Shelia has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 1989.

    To email Shelia, click here.

  • Arely Victorio

    Family Ministry Administrator

    Arely was born in Mexico and came to the States at a young age. She grew up in Nacogdoches, married her husband, Fransisco, and they have two children, Aaron and Alexa. As a family they serve in FH Kids & FH Students. She enjoys serving and encouraging students with their walk with Christ. Arely enjoys spending time with family, crocheting, and listening to music. 

    Arely has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2011.

    To email Arely, click here.

Armor Bearers

At Fredonia Hill, we value discipling the next generation of leaders. Our Armor Bearers strategically work with a specific pastor to learn how to serve Fredonia Hill. The Armor Bearer program is a year long commitment that is aimed at teaching young adults how to serve the local church. 

  • Lexus Cain

    University Ministry

    "Hi! My name is Lexus Cain. I was born and raised in Amarillo, TX. I graduated from SFA in 2018. While getting my degree in Information Technology, I also played volleyball for SFA. The Lord has given me such a heart for college students, and I now work part-time on campus with Athletes in Action and the Impact Movement, working with college athletes and students of African descendants. I love Jesus, coffee, adventuring, sunset chasing, and doing life with friends. Have a good day!" 

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  • Ann Holcomb

    University Ministry

    "Hi Friends! My name is Ann Holcomb. I was born and raised in Crockett, Texas and came to SFA to continue my high school golf career. For the last four years I have been playing college golf here at SFA and working on my degree in Economics. A little over a year ago, I graduated with my Bachelors. Now, I continue working with the golf team and other athletes on campus part time with Athletes in Action. My favorite activities include spending time in nature and relaxing with a nice cup of coffee. "

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  • Darby Lattimer

    University Ministry

    "Hey y'all! My name is Darby Lattimer, I am from Houston, Texas and will be graduating from SFA this August with a degree in Kinesiology. I have been involved with Fredonia's college ministry for 2 years and was a life group leader last year! I was in a sorority during my time at SFA and will be able to continue working with them throughout this next year! Some of my hobbies include working out, watching movies, drinking lots of coffee, and eating lots of ice cream!" 

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  • Taylor Swisher

    University Ministry

    “Hey, I’m Taylor. I graduated from SFA in 2018 with a degree in kinesiology, and I am looking to get my Masters in athletic training. I have a passion for all sports, specifically baseball- both watching and playing. I enjoy working out at the gym and doing any thing there is to do outdoors. I also used to work for the SFA softball team as a manager for two years.”

  • kyle Vyers

    University Ministry

    "My name is Kyle Vyers, I am starting my third year here at SFA as a Forestry major with a concentration in Fire Management.  I have a passion to work with the outdoors and enjoy typical out door activities like camping, fishing, hiking and kayaking. I am an older brother to 4 younger sisters and most of my family is from Ennis, Texas. Through high school and my first year at SFA I was an avid tuba player in the marching band and even though I don't play anymore I'm still a band nerd at heart."  

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  • Emily Singer

    Youth Ministry

    "Hey! My name is Emily Singer! I was born and raised in Jersey Village, Texas and am currently a Junior at SFA studying Psychology, in hopes to go into counseling. The Lord has given me a heart to see people genuinely pursue Him & He has allowed many opportunities to do that, specifically, in Fredonia Hill’s Youth Ministry. I am so excited to see the Lord work in the hearts of our students! Some of my favorite things are laughing, dancing, and watching movies and I’m looking forward to doing these things with the students this year!"

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  • Emely orellana

    Children's ministry

    "Hello my name is Emely Orellana, I was born and raised in Houston, Tx. I will be graduating from SFA in August with a bachelors degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. I am currently in three student organizations; Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND), SFA Rock climbing club, (I am a officer in this organization) and College diabetes Network (CND). I have been involved with children's ministry for a little over a year now and I love it! I enjoy traveling, coffee, rock climbing, and learning new languages!" 

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