Biblical and Theological Studies Alumni

 

Jonathan Ingraham
Jonathan Ingraham ’06

 

Current occupation

Associate Dean of Students, Covenant College

 

Current residence

Chattanooga TN

 

Family members

Wife, Erin McNerney Ingraham ’07, daughter, Raley Ingraham.

 

Church

New City Fellowship

 

What were you involved in on-campus while at Covenant?

Varsity soccer

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

Worked in education as a teacher, residential counselor at a boarding high school, residential director in a freshmen residence hall while in graduate school at Geneva College, and now serve in student development at Covenant College.

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

I love being able to help students connect their experiences in everyday life with the wealth of knowledge and insight they receive in their classes. The knowledge students gain effects the way they live their lives and I love helping students think through how to faithfully follow the Lord in all areas of life.

 

How did Covenant prepare you as a person and how did it prepare you for your career?

My time at Covenant taught me what it looks like to critically examine the world around me while at the same time seeing the Lord work in cool, subtle ways. The relationships I fostered and the wonderful things I was required to read have taught me the importance of asking good questions and appreciating the Lord’s creation in new ways.

 

Tell us a little about your involvement with your church.

My wife and I have enjoyed being involved in a small group through church as well as serving in the nursery. It has been a blessing to get to know different people in all stages of life that point us to Jesus.

 

 


 

Matthew Novenson
Matthew Novenson ’01

 

Current occupation(s)

Lecturer in New Testament and Christian Origins, Faculty of Divinity, University of Edinburgh

 

Current residence

Edinburgh, UK

 

Family members

Wife, Michelle Seda Novenson ’99; sons, Hans, Levi, and Ben.

 

Church

Chalmers Church Edinburgh

 

What were you involved in while at Covenant?

Ghetto, philosophy club, the Bagpipe, intramural basketball and soccer.

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

After college, I married Michelle Seda ’99, and we both went to seminary at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis. After my MDiv there (2005), I went to Princeton Theological Seminary for a ThM (2006) and PhD in Biblical Studies (2010). I taught briefly at North Carolina State University (2010) and Duke University (2011) before taking up my post at the University of Edinburgh (January 2012), where I have been for about three years now.

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

I love the subject matter that I study, which is the New Testament and the ancient texts related to it, and I love working with students, both teaching undergraduates and supervising graduate student research.

 

How did Covenant prepare you as a person and how did it prepare you for your career?

At Covenant, I double-majored in biblical studies and philosophy & religion. The former gave me many of the core disciplinary skills in my field (especially Greek and Hebrew languages), and the latter taught me how to think critically, interpret texts, and evaluate arguments. I did not know then what my career path would be, but I am very grateful for the valuable training I received at Covenant.

 

Tell us a little more about your involvement with your church.

Michelle and I are both involved laypeople; we participate in small groups and help out in the kids’ Sunday clubs. She also mentors university students from church, and I do occasional talks on questions about the Bible and theology.

 

 


 

Ben Wikner
Ben Wikner ’94

 

Current occupation

Church Planting Pastor for Mclean PCA, planting in Rockville, MD.

 

Current residence

Montgomery Village, MD

 

Family members

Wife, Erin McIlhenny Wikner; children: Ellie (19), Abbie (17), Lilly (15), William (13), Gracie (10), and Hope (7).

 

Church

Rockville Church Plant (daughter church of Mclean PCA)

 

What were you involved in on-campus while at Covenant?

Student government, Sundoxazo, intramural sports, Covenant College Center for Public Policy, BOSS group, the Ghetto

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

Graduated from Westminster Seminary in CA. Church planter with OPC in Temecula, CA. Community Life Pastor at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD. Church Planter for the Rockville Church Plant, in Rockville, MD.

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

I love the fast-paced, demanding, diversity of work required in church planting and the privilege of loving and caring for people in being a pastor, and helping them to connect more deeply with Christ through the gospel.

 

How did Covenant prepare you as a person and how did it prepare you for your career?

My time at Covenant revolutionized my life. I came to Covenant as a very unlearned and immature believer. I had never been discipled or really taught Scripture, even though I grew up in the church (Lutheran). At Covenant, I was mentored by Frank Brock and Kevin Skogen, both of whom had a huge impact on my life. The biblical, worldview education, in a relational environment helped me to grow immensely both in knowledge as well as in character. Plus I met my wife—whom I have been joyfully married to for 20 years—at Covenant! Suffice it to say, I am so grateful for my education and experience at CC.

 

Tell us a little more about your church

God has called us to a new gospel mission in Rockville, MD, a city just outside of Washington DC. We are in the pre-launch phase of this church plant, cultivating the launch team to learn and do mission in this city. We believe God has called us to be a gospel-driven and Spirit-empowered church that is socially engaged and cross cultural in its ethnic makeup. We hope to launch in the fall of 2015.

 

 


 

Meet More Biblical & Theological Studies Alumni:

 

Beatrice Brackin

Beatrice Brackin '16 reflects on how her faith has been shaped and strengthened through the academic rigor of her major and by the caring faculty of the Biblical & Theological Studies department.

Kateland Godat

"Missions Methods and Problems. It was the first time I had ever taken a class on missionary life. It really taught me a lot about missions and how it’s not this fairytale adventure that people expect it to be. People expect missionaries to be perfect people with perfect adventurous lives, but sometimes you’re just a regular fallen person doing the average daily activities, and that’s okay."
 - Kateland Godat '19

"Introduction to the Old Testament with Dr. Scott Jones. I feel like there are classes that teach you material and classes that teach you how to think. This was one of the first Bible classes that taught me to think about scripture, not just know it. Oh, and Dr. Jones is the man."
 - Robby Bell '17

Andrew Fultz

"Doctrine I with Dr. Kapic. More distinctly than anything or anyone else at Covenant, Kapic has helped me understand what it means to intentionally pursue faithful living in every area of my life. This began in Doctrine I, but has also continued in his other classes like Doctrine II, Christology, and Christian Spirituality. One of the first concepts we wrestled with in Doctrine I discussed the dynamics of how not only does our theology inform our lives as acts of worship, but simultaneously our lives inform our theology. You’ll have to take a class with him to really begin to unpack what that means, but Kapic has really helped me grasp the significance of this idea and how to live in response to it."
 - Andrew Fultz '18
Dr. Scott Jones, professor of biblical studies, and John Holberg, director of library services, discuss the research processes students learn in the Current Issues in Biblical Studies course at Covenant College.