Faculty & Staff

Duke Youth Academy for Christian Formation
Duke Divinity School
Box 104146
312 Blackwell St., Suite 101
Durham, NC 27701

(919) 613-5323


Alaina Kleinbeck, Director of the Duke Youth Academy

Alaina has served youth ministries and organizations in suburban St. Louis, urban Houston, and Norway. She holds degrees from Concordia University Nebraska and Duke Divinity School. Before her time with the Duke Youth Academy, she was a Director of Christian Education working with middle school students. She is passionate about including young people in all aspects of life in the church, developing faithful Christian practices within communities, and listening to and empowering the voices of those who are silenced in society. She is a committed bike commuter and novice gardener, both of which make Durham a good place to call home.

Faculty Advisors

Fred Edie, Faculty Director
(919) 660-3542

Fred Edie grew up playing sports, swimming, fishing and swatting gnats on a small island near Savannah, Georgia. He holds degrees from Furman University, Vanderbilt University and Emory University. Fred is a United Methodist pastor and served as a youth minister for almost 20 years. In addition to Book, Bath, Table and Time: Christian Worship as Source and Resource for Youth Ministry (Pilgrim, 2007), he has written numerous articles and curricular pieces on Christian formation. He currently teaches in the ministries division of Duke Divinity School where he is an associate professor of the practice of Christian education. Fred is married to Alison Hester Edie, nurse-practitioner and artist, and together they have two college-aged children, Stewart and Rebekah.

Jeff Conklin-Miller, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Christian Formation, and Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Practice Degree Program
(919) 613-5332

For nearly twenty years, Jeff Conklin-Miller has served as a youth minister and a campus minister, an associate pastor, co-pastor, and senior pastor in congregations in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Southern California. He now serves at Duke Divinity School as the Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Practice (M.A.C.P.). Jeff holds degrees from the University of California, Riverside, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School. He is married to the Rev. Shannon Conklin-Miller, and together they have two children, Emma and Ethan. These days, he’s gearing up to run his first half-marathon, and continues his ongoing search for good sushi and Baja fish tacos.