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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.


    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.
  • 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!