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Student Profile: Philip Sneller '19

Philip Sneller


Class Year


Lancaster, PA




Residence Hall and Floor
Founders Hall, 1st Belz


Favorite place on campus
My favorite places on campus are Scotland Yard on game days, outside after dark, and the Chapel lawn. Going to soccer games at Scotland Yard is a great way to support fellow students using their gifts and to have great conversations. The nights at Covenant are often so beautiful, and God’s design and presence becomes so evident and clear. The Chapel lawn is a great place to find fellowship and have fun on sunny afternoons.


Why did you choose Covenant?
I heard wonderful things about Covenant from my grandparents, parents, siblings, and other relatives who have attended Covenant. I really wanted the college I would attend to have a Christ-centered thrust and atmosphere, and, when I visited and from what I had heard, I concluded that Covenant had this in abundance.


Did you visit Covenant as a high school student? If so, how did that visit impact your decision to attend Covenant?
I did visit Covenant as a high school student, and I was struck by the friendliness and fellowship of the students. This made me want to be a part of the community.


How is Covenant unique?
Christ is preeminent, Godly community is stressed, but academics are not forgotten. There are so many different opportunities at Covenant, which are all ways in which we can become more like Christ and be made ready for the future. In the classroom, God is always central to the teaching. Therefore, we can grow in Christ while preparing for a future career.


Describe Covenant in three words.
Christ, Calling, Camaraderie


What has been your favorite experience at Covenant?
My favorite experience at Covenant was when I and several guys on my hall served a local widow by helping to clean up and rearrange her house. It was wonderful knowing that we were living out God’s love and blessing someone immensely. We grew closer together as a hall and became less self-focused. I hope we will be able to serve her again as well as others who need help and the light of the gospel.


What is your favorite class so far?
New Testament with Dr. MacDougall. Dr. MacDougall made the class interesting and enjoyable as well as teaching me how the Old Testament is applicable.


What makes hall life at Covenant unique?
The variety of things that happen on the hall at Covenant is remarkable. Anything from forming an intramural team to late night movies to discussions about what kind of language is appropriate. It is astounding that all of these things can all happen with the same group of Godly people. It is an honor to grow into Christ alongside of fellow believers who have my back. This is such a unique privilege, which I may never have again.


What are some things you enjoy about your major?
It is amazing to see God’s glory and handiwork in the fields of math and science. The more I learn, the more I am amazed and awed by who He is. It is not always easy to do this, especially under the stress of homework and tests, but it is so worthwhile. God has created a marvelous universe and has given us the privilege of learning more about Him as we study what He has created!


What person at Covenant has had the greatest impact on you, and why?
My siblings, Micah and Elena, have had the greatest impact on me. They have challenged me in my relationship with God and have pushed me to be more disciplined. Chris Carter has also showed me by example how to be humble and how to live out God’s love.


How is Covenant preparing you for life after graduation?
I am learning and growing immensely at Covenant. I have been growing in discipline, independence along with reliance on God, being Christ-centered, and living out my calling. All of these things will make me far more ready for life after college. I am also learning how to think critically and effectively problem-solve. These abilities will be invaluable as I enter the workforce and face life in general.


How is Covenant equipping you for active membership in the church?
Covenant is teaching me how to live in community. Through my brief time here, I have learned that a loving community cannot exist without individual initiative: people making an effort to reach out to others, build relationships, and build God’s Kingdom for His glory. This applies to life at Covenant, to membership in the church, and to all of life.