meet our Staff

  • Kendall McDonald

    Lead PASTOR

    Kendall grew up in Midland, Texas. He received a Bachelor's degree in Public Relations from Texas Tech University and a Master of Arts in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has spent several years ministering to youth and college students before becoming the Lead Pastor at Fredonia Hill in 2018. In 2006, he married the love of his life, Lindsey McDonald. They have five children.

    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 graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communications and a minor in Political Science. He has a strong desire to develop Biblical leaders in the context of the Church.  Blake and his wife, Ashley, have three wonderful girls. Aside from ministry, he is passionate about songwriting, spending time with family, and of course, fishing. 

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

    To email Blake, click here.

  • Matt Murray

    family discipleship 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.

  • 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 two sons, Owen and Oliver. 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 two sons, Owen and Oliver. 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.

  • Nathan Dutton

    Student Ministry Director

    Nathan was born in South Texas, but raised in Hot Springs, Arkansas. He attended Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth where he received his BA in Christian Studies. While at Southwestern he met his wife, Julianna, who graduated with her BA in Humanities and Biblical Studies. During his time in Fort Worth, Nathan served on staff at Travis Avenue Baptist Church as the Youth Ministry Associate. Nathan is currently working on his Advanced Master of Divinity online at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    Nathan has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2020.

    To email Nathan, click here.

  • Becky Weems

    Children's Ministry director

    Becky has been a member of Fredonia Hill since her childhood and has served in many ministry roles throughout the years. She is married to Zac Weems and together they have four children: Lexi, Max, Carli, and Mia. The Weems family is called to serve families in Nacogdoches but also the people of Haiti through their non-profit One Foot Raised.

    Becky has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 1993.

    To email Becky, click here.

  • molly moody

    Preschool associate

    Molly and her husband Chris have always held Nacogdoches close to their hearts. They met while attending Stephen F. Austin State University and married shortly after graduation. While they spent the next few years in Denton and Omaha, Nebraska, the Lord graciously brought them back to Nacogdoches in 2015. They have three children- Thaxton, Ellis, and Lindsey. Molly enjoys crafting, coffee, brunch, and the Moodys enjoy opening their home and spending quality time getting to know other families.

    Molly has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2020.

    To email Molly, click here.

  • Ashley Russell

    Women's Ministry Director

    Ashley is from Friendswood, TX and she met her husband Blake while in college at SFASU. Very early in their relationship, they felt a call to ministry. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Education. Ashley has been active in women's ministry at Fredonia Hill since 2012 and recently moved into the director position in 2017.

    To email Ashley, click here.

  • Robert (Bob) Hurst

    Men's ministry director

    Robert (Bob) Hurst is no stranger to ministry, especially men's ministry. Bob has been a member of Fredonia Hill for over 40 years and has volunteers to serve in various ministry roles. Bob was extremely active with the Promise Keeper's men's ministry in their strong years, serving as a national staff volunteer, as well as a local and regional ministry trainer. A self-employed business consultant, Bob and his wife, Laurie, have been married for 42 years, have three grown children, and eight grandchildren. Bob has a passion for seeing men fulfill their Biblical roles of becoming Godly men of influence in their marriages, their homes, and the community.

    Bob has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 1979 and on staff since 2019.

    To email Bob, click here.

  • Arely Victorio

    Family Ministry Administrator

    Arely was born in Mexico and came to the US 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 also enjoys spending time with family, crocheting, and listening to music.

    Arely has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2011.

    To email Arely, click here.

  • maddison Duty

    executive ADMINISTRATOR

    Maddison Duty is from Plano, Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Administration from Stephen F. Austin State University. She spent four years ministering to college students at the Baptist Student Ministry at SFA, before coming to work at Fredonia Hill.

    Maddison has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2021.

    To email Maddison, click here.