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Young Alumni of the Year: Michael Kendall ’11, Libby O’Neil ’08, & Evelyn Petcher ’10

Young Alumni of the Year


Michael Kendall, Libby O’Neil, and Evelyn Petcher founded the East Lake Expression Engine (ELEE) in March of 2014. Inspired by the successful El Sistema programs around the world, the three alumni shared a vision to start a Christian music education program in Chattanooga to serve the inner city.


Students at ELEE are taught musical and ensemble skills through choir, bucket band, and the study of orchestral instruments. The work relies on the biblical doctrines of image bearing, creation, and work.


All three alumni studied music at Covenant and continue to pursue music through ELEE. In addition to their work with ELEE, Michael serves as worship director at New City Fellowship East Lake, Libby teaches violin privately and at Silverdale Academy, and Evelyn teaches for the youth orchestra of St. Lukes, an El Sistema inspired program in New York City.


Read more about the work of the East Lake Expression Engine.


Six years ago, Marshall ’08 and Katherine Whitmire Teague ’06 thought they would spend the rest of their lives in Oregon. Today they live on Lookout Mountain, where they operate a sustainable farm called EdenThistle.

95% of alumni are active members or regular attenders of a local church

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