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Faculty Feature: Jacob Andrews

July 31, 2020

We are delighted to welcome Jacob Andrews to our faculty!  Mr. Andrews will teach 7th and 8th-grade Latin, coach our Certamen program, and teach Latin 4 and Logic tutorials to our 10th-grade students.

Jacob attended a classical school in Chicago and graduated with high honors from Loyola University in Chicago with a B.A. in Latin and Philosophy.  He went on to receive a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Marquette University (Wisconsin) and a Master of Philosophy in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), and he is in the final stages of a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago.

In addition to his strong academic training, Jacob also has practical experience in teaching and Christian ministry.  Jacob, his wife, and their two-year-old son currently live and minister at Jubilee Village, a residential program for formerly homeless single parents, and they are active in a ministry for people with disabilities at the Church of the Resurrection in Wheaton.  Jacob’s references confirm that he is a scholar with the heart of a pastor and teacher.  We are pleased to have him joining the faculty at Covenant in an important position for our classical academic program.

I want to share Jacob’s own words about why he wishes to teach Latin at Covenant:

“I believe that the Latin language offers an educator the perfect opportunity to instill the values of truth, goodness, and beauty. 

“The Latin language offers an educator the perfect opportunity to instill the values of truth, goodness, and beauty.

First, learning a classical language allows students to learn the structure of human language and thought in general. Second, the discipline involved in learning Latin develops moral and intellectual virtue.  Third, the Latin language is simply beautiful, from Virgil’s webs of grammatical agreement to Augustine’s wide-eyed wonder to Aquinas’ crystal clarity; I love to share that beauty with anyone who is willing to go on the journey with me.  Finally, the Latin language, in its evolution from the language of high pagan culture to the premier vehicle of theology and devotion in the West, exemplified the Apostle’s injunction to take every thought captive to Christ.” 

Welcome to Covenant, Jacob!

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