Biblical and Theological Studies Alumni

 

Jonathan Ingraham
Jonathan Ingraham ’06

 

Current occupation

Executive Director, Chattanooga Fellows Program

 

Current residence

Chattanooga TN

 

Family members

Wife, Erin McNerney Ingraham ’07, daughter, Raley Ingraham.

 

Church

New City Fellowship

 

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

Varsity soccer

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

Worked in education as a teacher, residential counselor at a boarding high school, residential director in a freshmen residence hall while in graduate school at Geneva College, and now serve in student development at Covenant College.

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

I love being able to help students connect their experiences in everyday life with the wealth of knowledge and insight they receive in their classes. The knowledge students gain effects the way they live their lives and I love helping students think through how to faithfully follow the Lord in all areas of life.

 

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

My time at Covenant taught me what it looks like to critically examine the world around me while at the same time seeing the Lord work in cool, subtle ways. The relationships I fostered and the wonderful things I was required to read have taught me the importance of asking good questions and appreciating the Lord’s creation in new ways.

 

Tell us a little about your involvement with your church.

My wife and I have enjoyed being involved in a small group through church as well as serving in the nursery. It has been a blessing to get to know different people in all stages of life that point us to Jesus.

 

 


 

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.

 

 


 

Ben Wikner
Ben Wikner ’94

 

Current occupation

Church Planting Pastor for Mclean PCA, planting in Rockville, MD.

 

Current residence

Montgomery Village, MD

 

Family members

Wife, Erin McIlhenny Wikner; children: Ellie (19), Abbie (17), Lilly (15), William (13), Gracie (10), and Hope (7).

 

Church

Rockville Church Plant (daughter church of Mclean PCA)

 

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

Student government, Sundoxazo, intramural sports, Covenant College Center for Public Policy, BOSS group, the Ghetto

 

What has your career path looked like since leaving Covenant?

Graduated from Westminster Seminary in CA. Church planter with OPC in Temecula, CA. Community Life Pastor at Covenant Life Church in Gaithersburg, MD. Church Planter for the Rockville Church Plant, in Rockville, MD.

 

What is your favorite part of your job? What gets you excited to go to work every day?

I love the fast-paced, demanding, diversity of work required in church planting and the privilege of loving and caring for people in being a pastor, and helping them to connect more deeply with Christ through the gospel.

 

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

My time at Covenant revolutionized my life. I came to Covenant as a very unlearned and immature believer. I had never been discipled or really taught Scripture, even though I grew up in the church (Lutheran). At Covenant, I was mentored by Frank Brock and Kevin Skogen, both of whom had a huge impact on my life. The biblical, worldview education, in a relational environment helped me to grow immensely both in knowledge as well as in character. Plus I met my wife—whom I have been joyfully married to for 20 years—at Covenant! Suffice it to say, I am so grateful for my education and experience at CC.

 

Tell us a little more about your church

God has called us to a new gospel mission in Rockville, MD, a city just outside of Washington DC. We are in the pre-launch phase of this church plant, cultivating the launch team to learn and do mission in this city. We believe God has called us to be a gospel-driven and Spirit-empowered church that is socially engaged and cross cultural in its ethnic makeup. We hope to launch in the fall of 2015.

 

 


 

Meet More Biblical & Theological Studies Alumni:

 

Zoe Kiratzis '21

"I didn’t intend to be a Biblical and Theological Studies major when I decided on Covenant, but after getting a taste of the Bible classes here I couldn’t help but add the major. The professors are some of the best and the upper-division courses are very accessible to non-majors, which makes class discussion diverse and engaging."
  - Zoe Kiratzis '21

Brad Assaraf

"Old Testament Introduction with Dr. Scott Jones. Dr. Jones is the man. He has a brilliant way of making Biblical scholarship come to life. In the class, Dr. Jones gives you a peek into the world of the Ancient Near East. Building historical context around the Old Testament was illuminating. Every class blew my mind. I would immediately pull out my phone to text my parents or friends something crazy I had learned."
 - Brad Assaraf '19