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Nextgen ministry

We believe that we have a responsibility to the next generation - to equip them, encourage them, and raise them in a context where they can become mature followers of Jesus. 

At Fredonia Hill, we use the term "NextGen Ministry" to refer to our ministries that serve the next generation of disciples to Jesus, ranging from birth to 22 years old. This ministry category houses our Nursery, Children's, Student, and College ministries.

To learn more about our philosophy surrounding NextGen Ministry, please view the video below.




    Meleena was raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated from Stephen F. Austin University with a degree in Organizational Communication in 2015. As the NextGen Director, Meleena's primary role is to help implement cohesive strategy throughout our NextGen Ministry areas, from babies through to college students. Prior to this position, Meleena has served as the University Ministry Director, Nursery Coordinator, and Armor Bearer Resident. 

    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.

  • lorri shrewsbury, NEXTGEN administrator

    Lorri is from Central Florida and received her B.S in Secondary English Education from Florida State. She and her husband, Stephen, are both USAF veterans. They have two children, Caitlyn and Nolan, who will soon make them empty nesters. Lorri and her family arrived in Nacogdoches in 2017 and swiftly adopted Nac as their new hometown after many, many moves during Stephen’s long USAF career. She recently “retired” from being a stay-at-home mom and returned to the workforce by joining the staff here at FHBC. She enjoys travel, baking, and a good British period drama.

    Lorri has been serving at Fredonia Hill since 2023.

    To email Lorri, click here.

  • aliseeya barnes, nextgen armor bearer

    Hometown: Woodlake, Texas

    Degree: 4-8th Middle Level Education / SFASU '24

    Her favorite thing about Nacogdoches: "That the Lord brought me here!"

    Hobbies: I'm passionate about reading, making things with my Cricut, and all things related to Guatemala!

  • kendal gulley, nextgen armor bearer

    Hometown: Lumberton, Texas

    Degree: Animal Science / SFASU '25

    Her favorite thing about Nacogdoches: "I love the people and the small town atmosphere"

    Hobbies: I love to play volleyball, pickleball, spikeball, or really anything active. In my down time I love to paint, draw, and spend time outdoors!