Jessica Watts

Jessica Watts is a valuable part of our ministry staff. She began her journey with us in October of 2016. She serves as our hospitable church secretary, office manager, financial secretary, coordinator of communications with staff and church folks, and assistant to our pastor.

Jessica is no stranger to our church. She grew up in Arab as Jessica Furnia (that’s pronounced “furn yay”) and was very active in our church’s youth group. She graduated from Arab High School in 2000.

Jessica has been married to Brad Watts for 15 years and they have two children. As of 2016, Ben is 9 years old and Josh is 6 years old. Jessica brings Ben and Josh to Vacation Bible School here at Arab First UMC.

She comes to us from working at Pearls of Grace Boutique, and prior to that she owned Happy Cake. Before these two recent ventures, she had long-term experiences in administrative assistance at FPMI and DeltaCom, where she also gained experience in HR, customer support, and technical support.

Jessica describes herself as a “people person” and is looking forward to being back in administrative work.

Did you know …

Jessica’s favorite pastime is spending time with family and friends. They love to go camping and her family has a 32 foot “pull behind.” They swim, play games, and build fires … and the family owns a golf cart. “It’s good family time,” she says.

She is also great at cooking and baking, and is originally from upstate New York. Her favorite color is “anything blue” and she loves watching Alabama football.

To get some good tips about camping, talk Alabama football, or to get help with anything you need at the church office, call 256-586-5792 or email her at