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Jessica Lane Coates (née Seewald; formerly Lester) (born March 15, 1997) is the second child and first daughter of Michael Seewald and Guinn Seewald.

She is the sister of Ben Seewald, Danielle Seewald, Michelle Barger, Ethan Seewald, Faith Seewald, and Thomas Seewald.

She is the ex-wife of Phillips Lester.

She is the wife of Joseph Coates.

Early life

Jessica Lane Seewald was born on March 15, 1997, in Arkansas, to Michael Seewald and Guinn Seewald. She was the couple's second child, and they went on to have five more children after her.

Along with her siblings, Jessica was homeschooled growing up.

Personal life


On December 13, 2018, Jessica got engaged to Phillips Lester in Little Rock, Arkansas.


On May 18, 2019, Jessica married Dwight Phillips Lester III in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Their wedding was featured on the Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta episode "Are They About to Fight?". The couple separated on April 16, 2021. On May 21, 2021, Jessica filed for divorce from Phillips in Circuit Court in Pulaski County, Arkansas. Their divorce was finalized on June 29, 2021.

On November 12, 2021, Jessica married Joseph Aaron Coates at Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock, Arkansas.


Jessica and Phillips suffered a miscarriage on July 9, 2020. They named their miscarried child Hope Christian Lester.


Law enforcement

Jessica previously worked as a dispatcher at the North Little Rock Police Department in North Little Rock, Arkansas.

Jessica works as a police officer at the North Little Rock Police Department in North Little Rock, Arkansas.


Jessica appeared on the TLC shows 19 Kids and Counting and Counting On as the sister-in-law of Jessa Duggar.

Wedding involvement

Jessica was a bridesmaid at her brother Ben's wedding to Jessa Duggar on November 1, 2014.

She was a bridesmaid at her sister Michelle's wedding to Elijah Barger on October 10, 2020.