Duke Divinity School
Durham, NC 27708
Susan Pendleton Jones, Associate Dean of Ministerial Formation and United Methodist Initiatives
The Reverend Susan Pendleton Jones is associate dean of United Methodist Initiatives and ministerial formation. Prior to her current position, she served as director of field education at Duke Divinity School. Her teaching responsibilities at Duke have included courses on leadership, forgiveness and reconciliation, and the pastor's vocation, team-taught with her husband, L. Gregory Jones, professor of theology and senior strategist for Leadership Education at Duke Divinity. Additionally, she was the project coordinator for the Divinity School’s 2005 building addition, which includes Goodson Chapel and the Westbrook Building.
An ordained elder in the Western North Carolina (WNC) Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Susan has served pastorates in North Carolina and Maryland and as former UM Campus Minister at Duke. Susan and Greg are the parents of Nathan, Benjamin, and Sarah.
Matthew Floding, Director of Ministerial Formation and Field Education
The Reverend Matthew Floding is director of ministerial formation and field education. He has served as pastor in Illinois, college chaplain in Iowa and director of formation for ministry at a seminary of the Reformed Church in America in Michigan. Matt also volunteers with a non-profit, Friendship House Partners USA, which works with persons with intellectual disabilities and their families to secure safe, affordable and community-oriented housing in partnership with divinity schools and seminaries. He is passionate about encouraging leadership development for ministry and vocational discernment.
Matthew is an ordained minister of Word and sacrament in the Reformed Church in America. He and his wife Marcia are parents to Geoffrey, Kathryn, and Greta.
Alissa French Case, Assistant for Ministerial Formation and Leadership Initiatives
Alissa graduated from Duke Divinity in May 2012 with a Masters of Theological Studies. Originally from Florida, Alissa earned her B.A. in Biblical Studies and Communication Studies from Palm Beach Atlantic University, where she worked with students to discern their vocational calling in the Office of Career Development. Alissa and her husband, Brendan—also a Duke Divinity graduate—live in Durham with their rambunctious golden retriever and two mischievous cats: Barth and Bonhoeffer. They are members of All Saints Anglican Church in Durham, where Alissa serves as an acolyte and children’s church teacher.