Student Profile: Jonathan Kelley '17
RUF, rugby, student senate, hiking, hammocking, children’s ministry at Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, intramural b-league volleyball, going to Chick-fil-a.
Favorite place on campus
Probably the Chapel office. Plus, I get paid to go there so that’s nice.
Why did you choose Covenant?
Both of my parents and my brother attended Covenant so I was naturally drawn to it. After visiting my brother a few times I knew it was the school for me.
Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
Visiting allowed me to meet several students and I saw how much they loved being at Covenant. I was also able to sit in on classes and see that the professors at Covenant really are committed to a biblical integration of faith and learning. These things both led to me choosing Covenant.
How is Covenant unique?
It’s a bit cliché, but the community at Covenant really is something special. It does not take long at Covenant to realize that the faculty and staff really do care about students and want to be invested in their lives. Students are also great at befriending students who are different from them. It’s a great blend of quirky, fun and commitment to strong Christian principles.
Describe Covenant in three words
Quirky Christian community.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
This is hard question so I’m going to cheat a little. Just the day-to-day living that happens on the hall builds up to be a great experience. So I guess that.
What is your favorite class so far?
Doctrine I with Dr. Kapic
What made that class your favorite?
It was great to be able to get a more in-depth view of many of the things I learned about God growing up. The class challenged me to examine many of my beliefs and determine exactly why I believed those things. I think that this understanding of personal beliefs is crucial for any Christian in sharing and defending the gospel.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Hall life is unique because of the blend of class years on each hall. On most halls there is a good balance of freshmen through seniors. This is great because it allows lowerclassmen to learn from and enjoy life with those who are wiser and older. It’s also great because it allows the upperclassmen to pass on hall customs and traditions. This allows halls to develop their own unique characteristics that may last for years.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
The community found within the accounting department has been a huge blessing to me while at Covenant. It has also been great to see a biblical integration in topics such as management and economics.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
There are a lot of people who have had big impacts but one of the biggest is probably my RA from freshman year, Bryce Stout. He showed me what being a leader at Covenant looks like and how to care for people well and he has been a great friend ever since. Also shout out to my brother Scott, Harris Stevens, Matthias Crossman, JB, Drew Lattner, Conrad Meek, Jackie Robel, everyone in the chapel office and anyone else I’m forgetting.
How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
Well hopefully my degree will help get me a job. But beyond that, I will definitely be better equipped to interact with people in all walks of life.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant is great on emphasizing the importance of the local church. There are many great churches in the area and Covenant highly encourages students to get involved.