Jessica was born in Savannah, GA, and grew up in the home of Church of God pastor. She graduated from Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, GA, and attended Lee University in Cleveland, TN. In 1981, she married Tommy Powell and has served with him in evangelistic, pastoral, and administrative positions. She and her husband have two children, Trey and Tori, a daughter-in-law, Monte, a son-in-law, Jacob, and their first and only grandchild, Sawyer.
Jessica has served as a member of the State Women’s Discipleship Boards in North and South Georgia as well as Regional Director of Women's Discipleship in the Rocky Mountain Region.