meet our Staff

  • 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.

  • Glenice Harrison

    Nursery Coordinator

    Glenice grew up in Center & moved to Nacogdoches in 1976. She & Rick have been married for 28 years & have 3 children & 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 Jeremy in 2010 then graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelors 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 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

    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.

  • 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.

  • Arely Victorio

    Lead Receptionist & Family 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.

  • 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.

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. This last May, 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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  • 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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  • Ryan Robinson

    Youth Ministry

    "Hi! My name is Ryan and I'll be a junior at SFA studying Sociology this fall and I am excited to be the FHSM Armor Bearer this year. I have volunteered in ministry- specifically youth ministry since 2014 at Fellowship Church. Here in Nac, I have been involved in the University and Youth ministries at Fredonia Hill. In addition, I was a lifegroup leader at the BSM the 2016-2017 year and was heavily involved with serving and helping other college students grow in their faith. In my free time I love to watch and play sports with friends, I also like to read, listen to music, or play the ukulele. Thanks for reading!"


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  • Hannah Fesler

    Children's Ministry

    "Hello, my name is Hannah Grace Fesler. I am a Junior at SFA, majoring in elementary education. Conroe, Texas is my hometown and I lived there all of my life until I left for Nacogdoches, which was probably the best decision I’ve ever made! I love sports and being active! (working out is one of my main hobbies). I also love hanging out with friends and spending time with The Lord. One of my biggest passions is teaching!"


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