Debbie  Duke
Congregational Health Program Director
College of Health Sciences
Office: 2203 CHS Building 1
Phone: 205-726-4451
It didn't take Debbie Duke long after she arrived at Samford University almost five years ago to realize it was a special place. "I had been working at Samford for 20 days when I was in a horrible car accident. I had no sick time or vacation accrued and can remember lying in intensive care worried about the lost wages but also about my new position. The care and concern from Samford, specifically my coworkers, will be remembered by my family and myself forever," said the Samford alum. Duke, who received the Living Legacy award in 2012, values all she's gained from Samford. "Samford is family, and I love that this institution truly lives its mission."

Degrees and Certifications

  • M.S.N., Ida Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
  • B.S., nursing, Ida Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
  • A.S., nursing, Ida Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University
  • Parish Nurse Educator, International Parish Nurse Resource Center


  • Parish nursing, congregational health, end-of-life caregiving of the elderly, and spirituality and health

Awards and Honors

  • Living Legacy Honoree, Living Legacy Gala, Ida Moffett School of Nursing, Samford University, 2012
  • Strathmore's World Wide Who's Who Registry and Global Network for Outstanding Professionals Award, 2012


  • Alabama League of Nursing, 2012
  • National Association of Professional Women, 2012
  • Alabama Interfaith Coalition on Aging, 2009–12
  • Save A Leg, Save A Life Foundation, 2011–12
  • Baptist Nursing Fellowship, 2000–12
  • Community Pastoral Committee, board member, Princeton Baptist, 2003–12
  • Odenville Senior Center, guest health speaker, 2011
  • Positive Maturity, health speaker, 2010–11
  • Baptist Health System Diabetes Advisory Committee, 2003–09
  • Relay for Life team captain, 2000–08