Student Profile: Jonathan Wong '18

Jonathan Wong

 

Class Year
2018

 

Hometown
Whitehaven, UK

 

Major
Biblical and Theological Studies

 

Activities
Football (soccer), hiking, reading, eating, feeding on the Word, jamming on the guitar, chilling and pondering on the things of life, drawing doodles, crafting bits and bobs, more reading.

 

Favorite place on campus
The Great Hall

 

Why did you choose Covenant?
I didn’t believe such a place existed until a now. An alumnus living in my area described the place I could only have dreamed of. What appealed to me so much was Covenant’s biblical worldview centered on Christ and glory in the ordinary. I am in deep gratitude for being able to come to Covenant and be more equipped for Kingdom work.

 

How is Covenant unique?
Covenant College’s size makes it cozy, like a large extended family. It’s small enough in comfort to meet anyone, or at least recognize faces, while large enough to display the diversity of students. One thing I have really appreciated is how Covenant has real and sober recognition of the brokenness of community, which makes it a safe place to share personal issues either with the great teams of support offered by the school or with resident assistants and hallmates.

 

Describe Covenant in three words
Crazy for Christ.

 

What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
I’d have to say attending spring formal, a campus-wide social with a jazzy atmosphere, swing dancing hilarity, and the most delightful company.

 

What is your favorite class so far?
John Calvin and Reformed Tradition with Professor Stewart

 

What made that class your favorite?
Diving into the life and mind of Calvin has blown me away. Beforehand I only knew him as the theologian but studying his life and works has been inspiring. A door has been opened to the dead in learning from this great man in his constancy and joy in Christ.

 

What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
I love having an environment where I am able to dive straight into real conversation. Whether it be deep theological discourse or brotherly heart-to-hearts, it’s there for the picking in the carefully organized halls of residence. My RA and DC have provided good opportunity for the lads to be open and make hall life vibrant and fun.

 

What are some things you enjoy about your major?
One of my favorite things to do in life is thinking. Being able to study in Doctrine I and II under professor Madueme, and learning to handle the Bible in scholarship, offers lots of chances to think. But it’s not just a major for the cold intellectual. Be prepared for some hardcore Jacob-like wrestling and stretching of your soul. Studying theology is not merely a cognitive effort, but a rich, warm reality of knowing and savoring the triune God.

 

What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
I can’t decide on a single person, but I think the mini community of hall life on The Five Points has been most shaping—both in times of rubbing shoulders and rubbing each other in the wrong way. It has been real manly experience of iron sharpening iron. I’ve really learnt to love and be loved by them in our sharing of experiences and in celebrating the gift of laughter as brothers in Christ.

 

How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
I think one thing I have developed in my attitude to the church is in being more observant. That is, being aware of the concerns of the church locally and globally, both in detail and in broad strokes, in intellect and in feeling, in order to love and pray more fervently for the church. I say locally, as we engage with churches in the area and globally from various international chapel speakers and the embrace of cultures and diversity that God delights for us to celebrate.

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

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