Jeff Kowell, Former Director of Life Safety | New Life Church
I retired as a First Sergeant from the US Army in 2004 with 20 years of service, and I am a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom, received the US Army Combat Action Badge and Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. I have served in Kosovo, Panama and Honduras. After retiring from the US Army, I worked as a Program Security Manager protecting a large classified government contract.
Prior to the shooting at New Life Church in December 2007, I volunteered as a Team Leader with the Security Team at New Life Church. As a result of the tragic shooting at New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado and the security teams ability to respond quickly, I was called to serve on the ministry staff of New Life Church in February 2008 as the Director of the Life Safety Ministry, overseeing the security of the 10,000+ member church.
I have been certified as a Defensive Tactics Instructor and have completed ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) through the Texas Tactical Police Officers Association and with the Amarillo, TX SWAT Team. I am a graduate of Concordia College in NY and have a degree in Behavioral Science.
Last, but not least: I am happily married for almost 38 years and have two children 35 and 34 years old.
I retired from New Life Church in August of 2017. As the Director of Life Safety, I led the New Life Church Security and Medical Teams. The Life Safety Ministry touched all activities at New Life Church as we served the body of Christ. I feel that Life Safety is a “priestly duty” and that we serve God’s people body, soul, and spirit to create a safe environment where everyone can worship, fellowship and draw near to our Lord Jesus without distraction.