Student Profile: Nate Mackey '18

Nate Mackey


Class Year


Rutherfordton, North Carolina


Sports Administration


Coaching minor


Residence Hall and Floor
Carter Hall, Ghetto


Favorite place on campus
Scotland Yard


Why did you choose Covenant?
Quite a few things impacted the decision. First, I wanted to go to a smaller school where I could easily be more involved. Then the location - the beauty of Lookout Mountain and having all the fun of Chattanooga fifteen minutes away is awesome. The opportunity to play soccer in a God-glorifying environment is very important to me as a Christian. Not every Christian college seeks to do this. The athletic department often ends up having a very different mission statement than the college. This is not the case at Covenant.


Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
Yes. The views of Chattanooga and the surrounding areas simply cannot be captured in pictures. Seeing those in person for the first time certainly influenced my decision. Also the grass on Scotland Yard is basically perfect.


How is Covenant unique?
It's a community that truly seeks its motto - that is to explore Christ's preeminence in all things. The theme of the Gospel is played out and explored in the chapel talks, professors’ lectures, and in conversations with hall mates, friends, and peers. In terms of the education, the professors actually care about you and that you learn. This is something so important in education that I think is lacking at most other colleges.


Describe Covenant in three words.
Awesome people everywhere


What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
The homecoming soccer games. Not many colleges’ soccer programs get as much support from the student body as we do here. It's truly a joy and an honor to be a part of it.


What is your favorite class so far?
Doctrine 1 with Dr. Madueme. I love Dr. Madueme's legendary lectures. I learned so much about what we believe, why we believe what we believe, and how that applies to my life.


What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
Unlike most colleges, your hallmates are not just people that happen to live on the same hall. They often become your best friends. Not only do we have lots of fun through all sorts of goofy traditions, but we are free to challenge each other as men seeking to glorify God. Whenever I have a problem or just need to talk about something, there is always someone on my hall I can talk to.


What are some things you enjoy about your major?
I actually enjoy the liberal arts aspects of the majors. I like learning in areas that I would never learn otherwise. Specifically in my major, I like how I am constantly challenged to think as a Christian seeking to work in fallen industry. The professors do a great job in integrating our Christian values in the curriculum of the courses.


What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
I really can’t pick one person… Probably the seniors on the soccer team when I was a freshman. They are beasts spiritually, physically, and on the soccer field. They showed me how soccer can be glorifying to God in a way that I had never seen before.


How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
In addition to the things in my major that will help me in my career, I am learning about how my work can be glorifying to the Lord no matter what I end up doing. The Gospel is central to my life and Covenant has helped me understand that in new ways everyday. After graduation I hope to influence people the same way I have been loved at Covenant.


How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant has taught me a lot about the importance of being in a community and how the church is meant to be more than a building you go to on Sunday mornings. It is a community of believers who rejoice in the Gospel together! Also, by growing in my faith through classes like Christian Mind, Old and New Testament, Doctrine, and Christ and Culture, I am more able to engage in and learn in church. I enjoy church much more after coming to Covenant.