Mark Sewell retired as an FBI Special Agent in 2017. Mark's experiences also includes 9 years as a U.S. Marine and 13 years as a FBI SWAT team member. Mark's real-world experience has given him valuable insight into preparing for and surviving violent encounters. Mark also served 2 law enforcement tours in Afghanistan and taught tactics and techniques in Africa and Central America. During his 30 years of government service, Mark was blessed to serve with some of the best Marines, FBI Agents and Police Officers in America. He learned the importance of teamwork, training and trust, while daily placing his personal safety in the hands of his Marine and law enforcement partners. They never let him down.
In 2013, in the wake of the tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, Mark became one of the FBI's first certified Active Shooter Event (ASE) Instructors. But, after 5 years of teaching Police Response to an ASE in 10 different states and in the country of Africa, Mark decided to alter direction. Now, Mark shares his passion by helping churches, the workplace and places of study. Traditionally, churches and workplaces have been ignored when ASE training is provided. However, Mark recognizes that churches and workplaces have unique issues and requirements that I68 is prepared to teach.
Mark 'grew up' in the Church. Mark knows that he is saved only by God's Grace. From his hardscrabble childhood in Texas, to his current home in Georgia, Mark cannot remember a time in his life without the special fellowship provided by his local church. Now as a grandfather, Mark understands personally the unique demands placed upon the local church, the congregation and the staff. Further, Mark's wife, Melody, spent 20 years in the medical workplace. Mark fully understands the need for ASE training in the American workplace.