Mark is a skilled land manager, wildlife biologist, big and small game hunter, as well as, a Baptist preacher from Northeast Mississippi. Mark is the founder/president of Newell Wildlife Services, which does consulting and implementation of wildlife management practices. He also is currently the associate and youth pastor of Algoma Baptist Church near Tupelo, MS.
As Mark was working on his wildlife science degree from Mississippi State University, he also guided hunts for Tara Wildlife, a bow hunting only outfitter near Vicksburg, MS. During this time, Mark worked for Timbercraft, a forestry practice consulting and implementation company in DeKalb, MS. After graduation from MSU, Mark became the biologist, manager, and head guide for Bayou Pierre Outfitters near Jackson, MS.
In the summer of 2005 things took a different turn for Mark when the Lord called him to preach the gospel. He worked previously for five years part-time as a youth director for two different churches until God wanted more out of him. That is when the Lord moved him to northeast Mississippi and to the church he is serving now. During this time he worked five years as a gunsmith for Richey’s Gun Shop in Pontotoc, MS. It was also around this time when he started Newell Wildlife Services part-time. Furthermore, since the move he has earned a theology degree from NMBBI.
Now Newell Wildlife Services strives to produce “hunt-able habitat” for its clients and manages properties all over Mississippi for hunting clubs on timber company lands, private landowners, and private land cooperatives. Mark also operates his own hunting club (The Hill’s) on his home and leased property near Meridian, MS, as well as being the staff biologist for Keel Kreek Outdoors, an outfitter in Northeast, MS. In addition to all of these endeavors, Mark works as a GIS/GPS Technician for Chris Latch, LLC, a computer mapping and modeling company that serves all utilities in the Tennessee Valley area.
With all of this he still finds time to spend with his wife of six years, Emily, and his two-year-old daughter, Anna Grace. Also, hunting is still a priority and not a luxury. “I am hunting as much as possible killing as many mature whitetails and long bearded gobblers as the law will allow.”