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Sweet Tea and Coffee

Sweet Tea and Coffee

By Fredonia Hill
Conversations about life, faith, and friendship. Hosted by Kendall McDonald and Blake Russell at Fredonia Hill Baptist Church, Nacogdoches, TX.
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52 - Tragedy and God's Provision; Guest: Brittany Middlebrook
Season 3 continues with Brittany Middlebrook joining Blake and Kendall. We chat about her family history, learning Spanish, and God's continual provision for her and her family as they experience heartbreaking tragedy. Don't miss this story!  Let us hear from you.
August 16, 2022
51 - A Plane Crash and Perfect Peace; Guest: George Middlebrook IV
We're back for Season 3, and we're starting with a bang! Listen in to our first episode recorded in front of a live audience. George Middlebrook IV joins us as we hear story after story of God's faithfulness in the life of his family.  A special thank you to this episode's sponsors, Brendyn's BBQ and University Coffee, for supplying the "Friends of the Pod" with fantastic sweet tea and coffee.  We want to hear from you - email us at 
August 09, 2022
Friends of the Pod! You are invited to join in on the fun. Sweet Tea & Coffee is taping an episode live in front of an audience.  STC Live! Tuesday, August 2nd, 2022 Fredonia Hill - Gateway Cafe 6pm We'll provide the sweet tea and the coffee... and maybe some swag!
July 19, 2022
50 - Storytelling, Fathers, and the Bogg; Guest: Roger Russell
It's episode 50, the final episode of season 2... and because we just celebrated Father's Day, we decided to bring in the man often referenced on the podcast and Blake's dad, Roger Russell. Roger is a master storyteller and he shares what it was like growing up in the Bogg as well as how God so often provided for him throughout his life.  SWEET TEA AND COFFEE WILL RETURN FOR SEASON 3 IN AUGUST. Stay tuned for details concerning the first ever live recording of an episode and how you can be a part of the experience.  Hope to hear from you soon. Email us at 
June 21, 2022
49 - Reflections, Anniversary, and Memorable Moments
It's been 1 year since the very first Sweet Tea and Coffee episode! Today, Kendall and Blake reflect on the process and some special moments over the last 12 months.  Friends of the Pod! Let us hear from you. Email us at
June 14, 2022
48 - Most Requested Guest and Hearing From God; Guest: Maddison Duty
You asked for it! Maddison Duty joins Kendall and Blake to share her story and how God spoke to her through grief.  Email us!
June 07, 2022
47 - A Vet Clinic and Parenting; Guest: Holly Middlebrook
We are joined by the "original friend of the pod," Holly Middlebrook. She shares her story of growing up around a vet clinic, the influence of the Church, and thoughts on parenting. We want to hear from you. Email us at
May 31, 2022
46 - A Police Officer and Sharing the Gospel; Guest: Nathan Jessup
NPD Officer Nathan Jessup comes on the show to talk about how he ended up in Nacogdoches and how his faith is central to everything he does as a police officer.  Email us your thoughts on today's episode at 
May 24, 2022
45 - Thrift Store Finds and Sisterly Love - Part 2; Guest: Kara Cooper
Part 2 of 2 Kara Cooper comes on the show to talk about how through trial and adversity the Lord is still faithful. Don't miss this incredible story of faith.  Let us know how this story impacted you. Email us at
May 17, 2022
44 - Twins, Adversity, and Trusting the Lord - Part 1; Guest: Kara Cooper
Part 1 of 2 Kara Cooper comes on the show to talk about how through trial and adversity the Lord is still faithful. Don't miss this incredible story of faith.  Part 2 will be released next week! Let us know how this story impacted you. Email us at
May 10, 2022
43 - Asking Questions and Campus Ministry; Guest: Jordan Allen
This week we're joined by Jordan Allen. Jordan is on staff with Campus Crusade at Stephen F. Austin. We talk about asking good questions, getting uncomfortable, and trusting God wherever He sends you.  Friends of the pod! Email us at 
May 03, 2022
42 - A Teacher and the Plans of God; Guest: Wilma Jones
Wilma Jones joins Blake and Kendall to talk about how God has been faithful in her life time and time again. You won't want to miss this episode.  Email us:
April 26, 2022
41 - Fredonia Hill History Part 2; Guest: Mark Clark
Part 2 of 2. Mark Clark returns as we continue to look at the history of Fredonia Hill. We talk about the good, bad, and ugly, and remember how through it all - God was still working and how He is moving today. How did this episode impact you? Email us at 
April 19, 2022
40 - A Butcher, God's Provision, and Fredonia Hill History Part 1; Guest: Mark Clark
Part 1 of 2 We are joined by long-time member and Elder at Fredonia Hill, Mark Clark. Mark takes us on a deep dive of Fredonia Hill church history, his family's story, and what God has been teaching him in recent years. Stay tuned for part 2 releasing next week.  Let's hear from the Friends of the Pod! Email us at
April 12, 2022
39 - Arkansas and Call to Ministry; Guest: Nathan Dutton
Our guest this week is Nathan Dutton. Nathan shares about growing up as a pastor's kid, meeting his wife, Julianna, and how God called him in to ministry.  Send us your thoughts! Email us at 
April 05, 2022
38 - Ranch Life, Caring for a Parent, and God's Word; Guest: Rhonda Goodwin
Today we have Rhonda Goodwin on the podcast. We talk to her about life growing up on a remote ranch in New Mexico, taking care of family, and the importance of being grounded in the Word of God.  How are folks stories impacting you? We'd love to hear from you. Email us at
March 29, 2022
37 - Raising Boys and God's Faithfulness; Guest: Margie Berger
Get ready for some wisdom! Kendall and Blake are joined by Margie Berger. She shares what it's like raising two boys as a single parent and what it means to rest in God's faithfulness over the span of a lifetime.  Friends of the pod - let us hear from you! Reach out at
March 22, 2022
36 - El Camino, Football, and Dry Spells; Guest: Keith Ellison
Our good friend Keith Ellison stops by to chat with Kendall and Blake. We talk about classic cars, football, and how God is still moving and shaping us in dry seasons.  Friends of the pod! We want to hear from you. Email us at
March 15, 2022
35 - Bass Player, Band Director, and the Power of Music; Guest: John Kennon
We're joined by the man who holds down the low end each and every Sunday, John Kennon. We talk about his background, how he got into music, and the impact of his father in his life.  Let us hear from you!
March 08, 2022
34 - Guitars, BBQ, and Mourning; Guest: Brendyn Todd
On this episode, we are joined by pitmaster and guitar man, Brendyn Todd. Brendyn discusses his journey leading worship, discovering BBQ, opening a restaurant, and mourning through loss.  Email us at
March 01, 2022
33 - Taco Villa, Education, and FHBA; Guest: Teresia Allen
Our guest today is Teresia Allen, principal at Fredonia Hill Baptist Academy. In this episode Kendall and Teresia discover common ground on West Texas and bean burritos. We also hear about the amazing things God is doing at FHBA.  Learn more about FHBA - We want to hear from you. Email us at
February 22, 2022
32 - Criminologist & Prison Ministry; Guest: George Day
We are joined by criminologist and professor, George Day. George shares how he got into the criminal justice field and how God has used his experience to minister to those who are incarcerated.  Learn more about Angel Tree: Let us hear from you! Email use at 
February 15, 2022
31 - Gunshot Wounds, Marriage Advice, and Prayer; Guest: Bill and Amy Plunkett
On this episode, we sit down with one of our favorite couples - Bill and Amy Plunkett. We hear some incredible stories of faith and the power of prayer, as well as receive some solid marriage advice. You might even get to hear Bill sing a few notes at the very end of the episode. Don't miss this one! Let us hear from you!
February 08, 2022
30 - New Season, Friendship, and Home Improvement; Guest: Matt Murray
It's the first episode of the new season of Sweet Tea and Coffee. Kendall is back, and Matt Murray returns to talk about the importance of Biblical friendship and relationships in the context of the Church family.  We'd love to get your input! Email us at
February 01, 2022
29 - Hog-tying and Dirt Bikes; Guest: Meleena James
It's John's last episode as guest co-host and we decided to bring on his wife, Meleena, as a special guest. Tune in to hear how God transformed Meleena's life and her journey into university ministry.  Sweet Tea & Coffee will be on a short break in January - but we will return February 1, 2022. We'd love to hear from you! Email us at
January 04, 2022
28 - Third Degree Burns and the Baja Men; Q&A Part 2
You've got questions, we've got answers. Blake and John talk about favorite dinners, children's books, and New Years Eve.  We'd love to hear from you... email us at
December 28, 2021
27 - Christmas Trees, Christmas Lights, and Die Hard; CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Merry Christmas from Blake and John. On this episode, we try and answer all the important Christmas questions like: real tree or fake tree, colored lights or white lights, did Mary know? All this and more on The Sweet Tea and Coffee Christmas Special!
December 21, 2021
26 - Cookies, Shepherds, and Spiritual Formation; SPECIAL EPISODE
Kendall is on the road in Arkansas this week! In this very special episode, Kendall is joined by his high school mentor, Larry Grayson, as well as two of his friends (Brad Latson and Blaine Stewart). They discuss the impact that Larry's spiritual investment had on their lives, as well as share some of the hilarious stories from their younger years. Don't miss this episode. 
December 14, 2021
25 - Pop Culture Quiz & Multi-generational Relationships; Guest: Emily Singer
Our guest today is Emily Singer. Emily is on staff at Fredonia Hill as our ministry Resident. Listen in to hear her story, how she ended up in Nacogdoches, as well as John test her pop culture knowledge. 
December 07, 2021
24 - Solitude and a Castaway Beard; Kendall's Check-in
Kendall stops by to tell us what he's been up to. Hear about his sabbatical routine, time in solitude, and we finally get an answer to how long he's going to grow his beard!
November 30, 2021
23 - A Colonel and Scientology; Guest: Stephen Shrewsbury
Meet retired Air Force Colonel, Stephen Shrewsbury. Stephen shares his incredible journey to faith after being raised as a fundamentalist Mormon and and later a Scientologist. This is an incredibly interesting episode that you don't want to miss.  Remember, we're taking your questions for the upcoming Q&A episode. Email us - 
November 23, 2021
22 - Skydiver, Survivor, and Cross Country Traveler; Guest: Asher Stuart
Asher Stuart is one of our Armor Bearers at Fredonia Hill, and widely known as an adventurer. Tune in to get to know Asher and hear about his 99 day cross country adventure, living in the back of his car and seeing some of the most beautiful sights America has to offer.  We want to answer your questions! Another Q&A episode is coming soon. Email us at 
November 16, 2021
21 - A Basketball Player or a Garbage Man
It's John's first episode as guest host. We take a deep dive into his story - his childhood aspirations, coming to faith, and how he got to Nacogdoches.  We're doing another Q&A episode soon and we need your questions! Email them to us at 
November 09, 2021
20 - New Song, New Host, and Old Hobbies
It's Kendall's last episode before sabbatical, so we had a lot to cover. We announce the mystery guest host during his absence, share with you a brand new song from Fredonia Hill, talk about the importance of understanding the overarching narrative of scripture, AND some of Blake's hobbies. Buckle up.  Let us know what you think -
November 02, 2021
19 - A Coach and a Preacher; Guest: Dr. Rod Jones
Let us introduce you to a man of many titles - Dr. Rod Jones. Rod is the pastor at Nacogdoches Bible Fellowship, and on the podcast today he shares his incredible journey of faith and how he ended up in Nacogdoches.  We want to hear from you. Email us at
October 26, 2021
18 - Coffee, Canes, and Portland; Guest: Jason and Audrey Spurlin
Kendall and Blake are joined by Jason and Audrey Spurlin, pastor and missionaries in Portland, Oregon. Listen in to hear about their journey, ministry, and how Jason won free chicken for a year from Raising Canes.  Learn more about the Spurlin's and their church: Contact us:
October 19, 2021
17 - Sabbatical Breakdown and Podcast Future
We're a few weeks from Kendall's sabbatical. In this episode we discuss sabbath, give a brief overview of Kendall's plans, and talk about what's next for the podcast. 
October 12, 2021
16 - Songwriting and Podcast Rebuke; Guest: Todd Wright
Blake and Kendall introduce you to worship pastor, songwriter, and fellow podcaster, Todd Wright. Todd has co-written several songs with Blake such as All My Hope, The Lord Our God Will Provide, and Praise God. In this episode Todd gives us some constructive criticism on our podcasting and also interprets Blake's thoughts for Kendall.  Check out Todd's podcast: "Average Everyday Worship Leader" Email us:
October 05, 2021
15 - A Sailor, Luthier, & Engineer; Guest: Randal Cooper
We introduce you to one of the most interesting people we know, Randal Cooper. Randal talks about not washing his coffee mug, explains what a luthier is, and his favorite concept albums.  Let us know your thoughts:
September 28, 2021
14 - Hidden Talents and Friendship; The Wives Episode
The long awaited wives episode! Ashley and Lindsey join us for the first time on the podcast. What secrets will they reveal about their husbands?  We love to hear from you! Email us at
September 21, 2021
13 - Magic and Formational Leadership
How did Kendall end up at Fredonia Hill? In this episode we go on a journey from West Texas to Missouri, and finally Nacogdoches. Kendall gives us a little insight into the moments and people that were important in his development as a pastor. 
September 14, 2021
12 - Wrestling and Church Family; Guest: Brinn Williford
Brinn Williford is an elder at Fredonia Hill. He joins Blake and Kendall to discuss some of his favorite topics like wrestling, Andy Griffith, and the importance of a church family.  Make sure to check out Brinn's blog: Email us your suggestions for future guests!
September 07, 2021
11 - Chicken Express and Invisibility; Q&A Episode
You sent in your questions, and we answered them... sorta. Kendall and Blake tackle listener submitted questions. 
August 31, 2021
10 - Diet Coke and the Peace of God; Guest: Becky Weems
Becky Weems joins us to shed light on where to get the best Diet Coke in town. She also dives into her story and experiences finding the peace of God through moments of anger, grief, and sadness.  Send us your questions for the upcoming Q&A episode!
August 24, 2021
09 - Chili's, College Dropout, and Fake Classes
Journey back to the early 2000s when Kendall and Blake were in college. We talk about picking a major AND how we met our future spouses. We want your questions! Email us at 
August 17, 2021
08 - Disagreement, Algebra, and Spiritual Disciplines
Do Kendall and Blake disagree on anything... and what are the central questions we should be asking ourselves concerning spiritual disciplines?  We want to answer your questions! Be sure and send them in - 
August 10, 2021
07 - Nurse Anesthetist and Good Neighbors; Guest: Nancy Batzloff
Nancy Batzloff joins Blake and Kendall to tell her story: from a small farm in Michigan, becoming a nurse anesthetist, moving to East Texas, and meeting Jack and Janis Robertson. Don't miss this episode.  Send your suggestions for topics of discussion or guests! Email us at
August 03, 2021
06 - Safari Van and Napster; Guest: Matt Murray
Matt Murray joins Blake and Kendall to share some of his stories growing up in Florida and the transition to Texas.  Remember, send your suggestions for topics of discussion or guests! Email us at
July 27, 2021
05 - Electric Paddles, Detention, and Teenage Years
Kendall and Blake journey back to their adolescent years, and recall the formational work God was doing in their lives.  Send your suggestions for topics of discussion or guests! Email us at
July 21, 2021
04 - Blueberry Tea and Ministry; Guest: Caleb Castro
Former Armor Bearer, Caleb Castro, joins Blake and Kendall to discuss his story, his time as an Armor Bearer at Fredonia Hill, and his new role in ministry.
July 14, 2021
03 - UPS and NBA, Guest: Mitch Vanya
Mitch Vanya joins Kendall and Blake to discuss his experiences as part of coaching staffs in collegiate level basketball and the NBA, and how his faith has directed that journey. 
July 07, 2021
02 - Flat Tire, Kendall the Acolyte, and New Song
It's the second episode of Sweet Tea and Coffee, and this time we dive into Kendall's upbringing in the Church and how that shaped his perspective on community and friendships. BONUS: Hear a brand new song from Blake that hasn't been released yet!
June 28, 2021
01 - Blake, Church Music, and The Eagles
In our first episode of Sweet Tea and Coffee, Kendall interviews Blake about his background, first experiences with worship and church music, and how that was formational in the worship ministry today at Fredonia Hill.  Music from this episode: The First Revival - 2005 Fredonia Hill - All My Hope
June 15, 2021