JEFF KOWELL, Director of Life Safety, New Life Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado

 Jeff retired as a First Sergeant from the US Army in 2004 with 20 years of service, is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served in Kosovo, Panama and Honduras. After the Army, Jeff worked as a corporate security manager before being called to serve on the staff of New Life Church in February 2008 as the Director of Life Safety. Prior to the shooting at New Life Church in December 2007, he volunteered as a Team Leader in the Security Team at New Life Church.

Jeff is a certified Defensive Tactics Instructor and has completed ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) through the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association and Amarillo SWAT Team.
As the Director of Life Safety, Jeff oversees the New Life Security Team, Medical Team and the Ushers. The Life Safety Ministry touches all activities at New Life as we seek to serve the body of Christ. Jeff feels that Life Safety is a “priestly duty” and that we serve God’s people body, soul and spirit to create an environment where everyone can worship, fellowship and draw near to our Lord Jesus without distraction.