Student Profile: Jonathan Wong '18
Football (soccer), hiking, reading, eating, feeding on the Word, jamming on the guitar, chilling and pondering on the things of life, drawing doodles, crafting bits and bobs, more reading.
Favorite place on campus
The Great Hall
Why did you choose Covenant?
I didn’t believe such a place existed until a now. An alumnus living in my area described the place I could only have dreamed of. What appealed to me so much was Covenant’s biblical worldview centered on Christ and glory in the ordinary. I am in deep gratitude for being able to come to Covenant and be more equipped for Kingdom work.
How is Covenant unique?
Covenant College’s size makes it cozy, like a large extended family. It’s small enough in comfort to meet anyone, or at least recognize faces, while large enough to display the diversity of students. One thing I have really appreciated is how Covenant has real and sober recognition of the brokenness of community, which makes it a safe place to share personal issues either with the great teams of support offered by the school or with resident assistants and hallmates.
Describe Covenant in three words
Crazy for Christ.
What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
I’d have to say attending spring formal, a campus-wide social with a jazzy atmosphere, swing dancing hilarity, and the most delightful company.
What is your favorite class so far?
John Calvin and Reformed Tradition with Professor Stewart
What made that class your favorite?
Diving into the life and mind of Calvin has blown me away. Beforehand I only knew him as the theologian but studying his life and works has been inspiring. A door has been opened to the dead in learning from this great man in his constancy and joy in Christ.
What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
I love having an environment where I am able to dive straight into real conversation. Whether it be deep theological discourse or brotherly heart-to-hearts, it’s there for the picking in the carefully organized halls of residence. My RA and DC have provided good opportunity for the lads to be open and make hall life vibrant and fun.
What are some things you enjoy about your major?
One of my favorite things to do in life is thinking. Being able to study in Doctrine I and II under professor Madueme, and learning to handle the Bible in scholarship, offers lots of chances to think. But it’s not just a major for the cold intellectual. Be prepared for some hardcore Jacob-like wrestling and stretching of your soul. Studying theology is not merely a cognitive effort, but a rich, warm reality of knowing and savoring the triune God.
What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
I can’t decide on a single person, but I think the mini community of hall life on The Five Points has been most shaping—both in times of rubbing shoulders and rubbing each other in the wrong way. It has been real manly experience of iron sharpening iron. I’ve really learnt to love and be loved by them in our sharing of experiences and in celebrating the gift of laughter as brothers in Christ.
How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
I think one thing I have developed in my attitude to the church is in being more observant. That is, being aware of the concerns of the church locally and globally, both in detail and in broad strokes, in intellect and in feeling, in order to love and pray more fervently for the church. I say locally, as we engage with churches in the area and globally from various international chapel speakers and the embrace of cultures and diversity that God delights for us to celebrate.