The Reverend Dr. Floretta L. Barbee-Watkins was born to the late Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Flossie E. Watkins in Atlanta, GA. She graduated from Walker High School and then matriculated to Mercer University in Macon GA where she earned a BA degree in Communications. In 1993, she graduated from Johnson C. Smith Seminary of the Interdenominational Theological Seminary with an emphasis in Homiletics and Christian Education. In 2002 Dr. Barbee-Watkins began her service at well-known Seigle Avenue Presbyterian Church, now known as “The Avenue” and served for 18 years.
Dr. Barbee-Watkins continues to serve the church with heart and soul. She has served on the Presbytery Council and served and chair of the Mission and Justice Committee of Council. She also proudly served as the first African American Clergy woman Moderator of the Presbytery of Charlotte in 2013. Dr. Flo Barbee-Watkins was nominated to serve on the Advocacy Committee for Women’s Concerns and served as a co-moderator. She also serves on the Board of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board. Most recently, she has been elected to serve on the Board of Trustees at Johnson C. Smith Theological Seminary in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Barbee-Watkins retired from the US Air National Guard in 2017 after serving her country for 20 years as the Deputy-Wing Chaplain. In 2020 Dr. Flo Barbee-Watkins was called to serve as the Transitional General Presbyter for the Presbytery of Detroit.
Her hobbies include, cooking, smoking and grilling meats, golfing (though I’m not great), and travel, and camping in her RV. She is married, to Montressa Barbee-Watkins and they have one adult daughter. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and has enjoyed this bond of sisterhood for 38 years.