Philosophy Alumni

 

Isabel Alele
Isabel Alele ’13

 

Current occupation

I am a second year student at Wake Forest University School of Law.

 

Current residence

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

 

Church

Redeemer Presbyterian Church

 

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

While I was at Covenant, I was involved in RUF, pre-law society, philosophy club, and diversity club.

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

After I graduated, I took a year off. I was involved in a mentoring program for at risk youth, and I helped lead a girls Sunday School in my church. I also worked part time while I was applying to law schools.

 

What is your favorite part of your work?

The coolest aspect of law school is learning about how our country’s concept of justice has evolved. Although the idea of justice is concrete and absolute, it’s interpreted by fallen people within broken systems, so it always falls short. The justice system is such an important place for Christians because we have the clearest concept of what justice is, since we’re not constructing it from human experience or ideas, but from God’s word.

 

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

I majored in philosophy and minored in political studies. Both helped provide me with a solid foundation for law school, because I learned how to think critically and communicate clearly.

Covenant also helped me grow as a person. I think that professors are some of the most valuable members of Covenant’s community. They really care about their students, and do such an incredible job living out the Gospel.

 

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

Last summer, I participated in a missions trip to Uganda with my church. Some members of the team held a conference for church leaders, and taught them some basics about reading and interpreting Scripture. The rest of the group travelled to schools, presenting the gospel and hanging out with the kids.

 

 


 

Matthew Baddorf ’10

 

Current occupation

PhD student in Philosophy, University of Rochester

 

Current residence

Rochester, NY

 

Family members

Jessica (wife), Arthur and Cheryl (parents), Kathryn and Karen (sisters)

 

Church involvement

My wife and I worship at Trinity Communion Church, where I have attended since shortly after I came to Rochester. The people and the liturgical worship there have been an important support to me for the past few years amid the stress of graduate school.

 

What gets you excited to study philosophy every day?

The chance to think carefully about the world, and to communicate those thoughts accessibly through teaching and writing. Right now I’m writing about ethical issues related to large, complex organizations like corporations and churches, and it is very gratifying to think about issues of such public importance.

 

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

As a person, by training me to trust God and follow the truth where it led. Covenant’s academic rigor was very important in training me for graduate work.

 

 


 

Peter McCrory
Peter McCrory ’12

 

Current occupation

Full-time student! (In the coming years I will also work as a tutor for introductory economics courses and as a graduate student instructor leading lecture discussions and helping students understand the material).

 

Current residence

Oakland, California. (Our street name is Alcatraz, which is pretty cool).

 

Church

Christ Church in Berkeley

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

I worked for a year as an insurance underwriter at Unum in Chattanooga. My wife (Adrienne McCrory) and I moved to St. Louis the following year, where I worked as a research associate at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. After two years in St. Louis, we moved to Oakland, California in mid-July 2015. My wife is working as curriculum development writer and I am a first-year Ph.D. student in Economics at UC-Berkeley.

 

What is your favorite part of being a student? What gets you excited to go to UC-Berkeley every day?

I will spend the next two years of the Ph.D. sequence studying the essential methods economists employ to make sense of human and social behavior. I love learning and so, at the moment, my favorite part of the job is getting to spend hours in frustration trying to make sense of some new concept. I am excited to go to work every day because I know that the skills I am developing today will help me be a better researcher in the future.

 

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

My time at Covenant was profoundly formative. Courses were rigorous, professors were kind, and the community understood that the questions we wrestled with in the classroom were of utmost importance outside the classroom. Most importantly, however, was the call that I consistently heard at Covenant: love the poor, seek out the marginalized, pursue the welfare of the city. Jesus has graciously called us to participate in the work of reconciliation he is already doing.

 

Tell us a little more about your church?

I think they do a pretty good job describing themselves online: Christ Church

 

 


 

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.

 

Dr. Davis describes the excellent preparation a philosophy degree has provided for Covenant graduates who have gone on to pursue graduate work at law schools and seminaries.