Office of Field Education
105 Westbrook Bldg.
Box 90969
Durham, NC 27708-0969
Phone: (919) 660-3440
Fax: (919) 660-3406
fieldeducation@div.duke.edu

 

Rev. Daniel Corpening
Director of Field Education

The Reverend Daniel Corpening is director of field education at Duke Divinity School. In this role, Daniel oversees the contextual education of M.Div. students as they are formed to be embodied, imaginative, and reflective Christian leaders for the flourishing of communities. Daniel is an ordained elder in the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, and a graduate of Duke Divinity School. Before joining the Office of Field Education, Daniel served as a pastor in Charlotte, N.C.

Daniel enjoys reading, investing in friendship, and Duke basketball. He is married to Jessica, a fellow Duke Divinity graduate, and they are the grateful parents of three children.

Rev. Jeff Compton-Nelson
Assistant Director of Field Education and Vocational Formation

The Reverend Jeff Compton-Nelson (he/him/his) is assistant director of field education and vocational formation at Duke Divinity School. In this role, he helps facilitate contextual learning for residential and hybrid M.Div. students, as well as support students across degree programs in creatively and expansively narrating and inhabiting their vocations as Christians and Christian leaders across industries and sectors.
 
Prior to his return to the Divinity School community, Jeff served for eight years in Student Affairs at Duke, including seven years living in the residence halls on West Campus, where he co-founded Duke's first residential interfaith space (the Mosaic) and living-learning community (Eruditio et Religio). Most recently, he served as the Assistant Director of Communications for Student Affairs. An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Jeff holds a BA in Theology/Philosophy and Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA and an MDiv from DDS with a Certificate in Gender, Theology, and Ministry. Since 2017, he has served on Duke Chapel's National Advisory Board.
 
When he's not working (and even when he is), Jeff loves exploring intellectually, professionally, and personally the intersections of places, spaces, and social justice. Jeff grew up in Southern California and the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, and he now lives in Durham with his partner, Angela (D'13 and Assistant to the Rector at Church of the Holy Family, Episcopal in Chapel Hill); two children; and seven chickens.

Rev. Rhonda ParkerRhonda Parker
Senior Director of Ministerial Formation and Student Life

The Reverend Rhonda Parker is senior director of ministerial formation and student life at Duke Divinity School. She brings significant experience in church and non-profit ministry leadership, most recently with N.C. United Methodist Camp and Retreat Ministries. She has taught and preached throughout the state, and has designed and taught creation care workshops focusing on environmental stewardship and practices of faith at both regional and national events. She enjoys writing, being outdoors, and mentoring persons discerning a call to ministry.

An ordained elder in the North Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Rhonda and her husband, Allen, met as undergraduates at Duke in 1988 and are the parents of five children.

Cheryl Parker
Field Education Staff Assistant

Cheryl Parker is a staff assistant in the Office of Field Education at Duke Divinity School. She enjoys spending time at Kerr Lake with family and friends. Her family are active members of Walnut Grove United Methodist Church in Hurdle Mills. She is a native North Carolinian and resides in Mebane with her husband, Barry, and their two daughters, Faith and Hope.

Stacey Young
Ministerial Formation and Student Life Staff Assistant

Stacey is staff assistant in the Office of Ministerial Formation and Student Life. Before coming to Duke, she ministered 9 years at Chestnut Ridge Camp and Retreat Ministries, serving thousands of campers and hundreds of staff members as the camp office administrator and registrar. She loves the outdoors, family fishing trips at Emerald Isle, and cheering for the WolfPack of NC State. Stacey and husband, Todd, both native North Carolinians, enjoy “farm-ish-life” in Mebane and look forward to their one-acre garden every summer. They are blessed with three amazing grown children (Morgan, Keyston and Paul) who are spread coast-to-coast.