Chaplain (Major) John Mark Sedwick hails from Arlington, VA and was first drawn to military service by attending weekly sunset parades conducted by the US Marine Corps Band and Silent Drill Team in front of the Iwo Jima Memorial. Chaplain Sedwick first served his country by serving his community as a Fairfax County, VA Police Officer from 1983-86. He then joined the US Coast Guard and was initially assigned to Base Charleston, SC where he participated in search and rescue missions during and after Hurricane Hugo. Chaplain Sedwick then attended the Defense Information School at Fort Benjamin Harrison, IN and subsequently served as a Public Affairs Specialist in New Orleans, LA.
After four years of enlisted service, he attended Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, VA and received his commission as an Ensign in February 1993. For the next seven years, Chaplain Sedwick served as a federal law enforcement officer and deployed multiple times aboard US Navy warships in the Caribbean Sea and eastern Pacific Ocean to conduct counter drug patrols. He also deployed three times to the Persian Gulf to enforce the United Nations sanctions against Iraq and to protect merchant vessels as they transited the Straits of Hormuz. Chaplain Sedwick resigned his Coast Guard commission during the summer of 2000 in order to attend Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, IN for future service as a pastor in the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. During his first call in the ministry, Chaplain Sedwick served as a Hispanic Missionary and Church Planter in Fort Wayne, IN for the many Mexican families who reside there. During these first few years in the ministry, he also served as an Army Reserve Chaplain for a local Military Police BN and deployed to Camp Arifjan, Kuwait from July 2006 to July 2007. Upon returning from this deployment, Chaplain Sedwick was accessioned for active duty service in the Army and reported to his first assignment at Fort Benning, GA.
After follow-on assignments in Fort Jackson, SC and Schofield Barracks, HI (including a deployment to Afghanistan), Chaplain Sedwick returned to Fort Benning, GA to attend the Command General Staff College at the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation in which the entire curriculum is taught in Spanish. Upon completing this rigorous course, he has been assigned as the Army South Plans and Operations Chaplain since June 2015. Chaplain Sedwick frequently travels to Central and South America to build and enhance relationships with partner nation army chaplains. Chaplain Sedwick has been married to his wife, Lee Ann, for 24 years. They currently reside in Cibolo, TX.