Student Profile: Joy Wecker '15
Campus Activities Board, Growers Club, Student Admissions Representative, Saturday Night Student Led Worship
Favorite place on campus:
I know everyone says it, but honestly, that is such a tough question! There are so many locations on campus that make my heart swell from their beauty or even just the memories that they hold. My particular favorite however, is the ever predictable answer: the Overlook. The view of the mountains and the city lights is pretty unbeatable no matter what the weather is like. I love the scenery in the sunshine, the fog, the rain and the snow. It is a humbling experience every time I take it all in.
Honors received at Covenant
Baltimore Wilberforce Scholarship Recipient, Dean’s List
Why did you choose Covenant?
As cliché and ‘classic’ as this answer may be, I did not choose Covenant—God chose it for me. I could write down every detail of the perfect storm of events that God allowed in order to bring me to this community. But, what is really important is the fact that He did, and I have never been so confident that I am exactly where God wants me to be. I am made more aware of His grace every day that I attend this college.
How is Covenant unique?
The community at Covenant is without a doubt its most distinguishing feature. But what sets the community apart and in turn makes Covenant unique is the daily living out of the school’s motto, “In all things Christ Preeminent.” In the relationships I have formed and the interactions I have shared in my time as a part of the Covenant community, the preeminence of Christ has been evident to me in a way that I have never experienced before. There is a sense of God’s presence on this campus and that extends to the people who inhabit it daily. From professor to student, student to student, student to professor and professor to professor, loving one another well is encouraged and pursued as individuals as well as a corporate unit.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Oh Boy! There were so many things that came to mind when first hearing this question, however, one particular experience stands out among the rest as a uniquely wonderful blessing. My freshman year, a group of friends and I went to Cookeville, TN, and spent a weekend away from campus at a friend’s family cabin in the woods. It was such a wonderful time of fellowship with ten friends that wouldn’t necessarily have ended up in similar social situations aside from some mutual ties in friendships, We shared beautiful conversation, we laughed together, we played games together, we ate meals together, we worshipped together, we read the word together, and we rested together. It was great to get away from campus for a short time but still really experience the fullness of Covenant community.
A close second, and Covenant event would have to be Spring Formal. It is such a well done evening complete with swing dancing, a live jazz band, an art museum and a rooftop observatory for stargazing. It was a fun night to dress up and spend time with friends!
What most excites you about your major?
People. If I had to use a single word to describe myself, it would be ‘relational.’ People are the reason I do everything, and my greatest goal in life is to love others well in light of the way that Christ loved me. Community development focuses a lot on what it looks like to be in right relationship with God, and success within other relationships flowing directly from that. I am so blessed to be in an environment where I can learn to love people and God well through instruction, example, and experience.
What is your favorite class, and why?
This question for me has two answers. First, Intro to Relational Youth Ministry taught by Len Teague. My community development classes teach me so much about what it looks like to be a witness cross culturally in our interactions. This class, in contrast provided me with a day to day understanding of what people in my direct community and area respond to in terms of relationship. I am learning how to love people well in an intentional manner. Len is an incredible man of God who teaches from humble experience and earnest desire.
Second, I thoroughly enjoyed Photo 1 taught by Tom Kilpatrick. It has always been a goal of mine to learn to develop my own film and gain a better eye for capturing God’s beauty through photography. This course definitely provided me that opportunity! I loved learning the process and spending time in the dark room. The first time I put the blank paper in the developer, and saw my image appear, it was as magical as seeing a unicorn! I could hardly believe it.
What's your favorite part of the day at Covenant?
The moment when God’s grace is made more aware to me than it ever has been before. The moment when I look out my window from the tower room and cannot believe I go to school at a place this breathtakingly beautiful. The moment when an unexpected conversation with a friend provides the encouragement I need in that particular situation. The moment when God shatters my expectations and gives me greater joy than I could ever imagine. The moment when I realize I could not being doing any of this in my own strength and I serve a God who knows the desires of my heart and grants me those in His perfect timing.
What are your post-graduation plans?
After graduating from Covenant with a degree in community development, ultimately, I would like to start my own missions based non-profit organization. I would like to travel and see the world. I would like to take-in other cultures, and gain a wider cultural consciousness that provides me a passion that can be channeled and directed toward furthering God’s kingdom.
How is Covenant equipping you for the future?
Covenant is providing me a faith based education and a community that pursues Christ first and me second, I find myself learning the lessons of my youth all over again in a new and revealing way as God is showing me His grace differently than ever before. Patience is a virtue. The joy of the Lord is my strength. Waiting is worship. His mercies are new every morning. His grace is sufficient for me. These are all truths that are gently implementing themselves in perspective-changing ways and will carry me into the future through strengthening my foundation in Christ. I’m thankful for the lessons God is teaching me. I’m thankful for the people he is using to teach them to me. I’m thankful for the burdens and struggles he has placed on me. And most of all I’m thankful for salvation which makes all of that possible.
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