Student Profile: Ben Hooper '17

Ben Hooper


Class Year


Franklin, TN


Biblical and Theological Studies & Community Development




Residence building and hall
Carter Hall, The Second Central


Resident assistant, JV soccer, Wilberforce scholar, intramurals, getting rowdy with the men on 2C


Favorite place on campus
Nothing beats a Friday night soccer game on Scotland Yard in the fall.


Why did you choose Covenant?
I wanted to learn from a Christian perspective in college, and so I looked at schools in the southeast and Covenant seemed right. My sister Grace was here as well as my friend David Taaffe, and I wanted to grow just as they had at Covenant.


Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
My sister was here at Covenant and I would come visit her often. When I visited, I felt welcomed by everyone and saw the community everyone lived in. It was something I wanted to be a part of. I had known for a long time I wanted to go to a Christian college and the more I came, the more evident it was that Covenant was the place for me.


How is Covenant unique?
I would say both the academic perspective and the people. First, the way learning is approached with a kingdom mindset is remarkable. Not matter what you study, Christ is seen in all spheres. Secondly, the people who are on campus make it so unique because of the sincerity seen in their lives.


Describe Covenant in three words
Tradition. Vibrant. Refining.


What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
Two come to mind. First, chapel three times a week is a special time. Its great to have over 1000 of your peers gather together three times a week to worship and hear the Word. Secondly, homecoming weekend is a weekend filled with Jazz on the Overlook, the Highland Games, and soccer matches followed by fireworks, as alumni come back for the weekend. It is a memorable time.


What is your favorite class so far?
New Testament with Professor Hutchinson


What made that class your favorite?
His spirituality was evident in his teaching and interaction with students. He made the Word of God more alive than I’ve ever heard in the class with his wisdom, stories, and tears.


What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Covenant’s hall life allows you to be involved in something that is bigger than yourself. You will never have an opportunity to live with 30 guys your age and share your life, struggles, and joys together. It’s a beautiful thing that reflects God’s work in our lives.


What are some things you enjoy about your majors?
Getting to open up the Word of God and discover more about the narrative that we are all a part of.


What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
Nate Groelsema. He was David Taaffe’s roommate and ever since I met him on Scholarship Weekend my senior year, we have been dear friends. He is humorous, wise, humble and warm to all he encounters. He has been a faithful friend to me over the past two years and I continue to learn from him.


How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
I plan on attending seminary after graduation. Covenant has and is laying a great foundation for what I hope to learn and grow in. In community, Covenant is showing me what a Christian community looks like. Though not perfect, the Covenant community is transparent and edifying.


How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
I am being taught what faithfulness looks like with church membership. There is a joy in being a part of a church family and I am continually learning its importance.

Brittany Stout

"I love the holistic approach of community development. Although I am only a few classes into the major, it is already transforming my view on life. I also have really enjoyed being taught by Dr. Fikkert and Professor Corbett. They are SO knowledgeable in the field of community development and their passion is contagious."
 - Brittany Stout '18

Chris Carter

"The Community Development program is preparing me for a life dedicated to the work of Christ in a setting that may otherwise be way out of my comfort zone. The classes are beautifully crafted to give you the confidence and knowledge needed to step into the third world, but also instill an understanding of the necessity of humility and an open heart when interacting with a new culture. Corbett and Fikkert, two of the key professors in the major, are extremely respected individuals in their field, yet meet you at such a personal level and concentrate on your personal growth. Never have I been in a position in my life where I wake up stoked to go to my classes, nor have I ever felt so loved and supported by professors who care so much about your dreams and plans for the future. "
 - Chris Carter '18