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


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.


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.