Our Staff

Senior Staff

Nick Duke
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Nick Duke

Senior Pastor

Nick is the husband of Kristie and the dad to five exceptionally cute kids: Annika, Sarah, Ryan, and 'the twins'—Thomas and Lottie.

Nick and Kristie have a great love of work with university students and moved to work at the University of Canterbury (UC) in 2006. Nick has studied Psychology and Theology. He has a background in IT, but please don't hold that against him. For a number of years he ran a software development business and through that has an interest in the Christian understanding of work and business.

Nick leads the staff team at Cornerstone and preaches at our public meetings.

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Ministry Area Leaders

Katie Bañuelos
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Katie Bañuelos

Kids

Katie and her husband Justin moved to Christchurch from Seattle, WA USA in January 2017 for a job for Justin. He is a vascular sonographer working near Southern Cross Hospital. Katie and Justin grew up in Oregon and both love adventures.

Katie works to co-ordinate volunteers across our kids ministries and joins Raoul in heading up the Cornerstone Youth Group with a desire to see the youth and children grow to love God's word and delight in the gospel.

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Victoria Goodman
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Victoria Goodman

Maturity

Victoria came to Christchurch in 2011 to study at UC. In her second year of university, Victoria heard about Jesus through Christianity Explored and committed her life to Christ; she has been a member of Cornerstone Church ever since. She studied chemistry and teaching and worked as a high school science teacher. She has just completed a 2 year Ministry Apprenticeship, and has now joined the Staff team in the Maturity team, with a focus on supporting our Growth Groups.

Victoria is married to Daniel and enjoys knitting, reading and doting over her nieces and nephew.

Kristie Duke
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Kristie Duke

Membership

Kristie is married to Nick who is the senior pastor at Cornerstone. They moved over from Australia in 2006 with 2 young kids and a baby. Along the way they have acquired a set of twins, 2 cats and a hedgehog. This means their '97 Estima gets a good work out with transporting people & animals in all directions and the dishwasher is pretty much loaded while still running.

Kristie helps make sure newcomers at church make a good transition into our Cornerstone family. She leads bible study groups, and trains other women in church to love and serve the Lord. She is constantly coming up with new and crazy ideas on better ways to do just about anything you are currently undertaking much to the frustration of all around her. To calm down from dizzy heights of new ideas she crochets, bakes sourdough bread or walks and listens to sermons.

Ministry Apprentices

Raoul Schipper
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Raoul Schipper

Ministry Apprentice (Youth) / Admin Team Leader

Raoul moved from the deep south to pursue a mechanical engineering degree at Canterbury University in 2011. Being a farm boy he loves getting creative in the garage, fixing and creating things and spending time in the outdoors.

During his time as an engineer he was challenged to think “am I doing all that I can to further God’s Kingdom?” Raoul is excited to share the good news about Jesus with the next generation of young people, and would love to see them grow in their love and delight of God.

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Jasmine Salam
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Jasmine Salam

Ministry Apprentice (Magnification)

Jasmine is a Christchurch local, and studied Speech and Language Pathology at UC. Until starting her Ministry Apprenticeship this year, she had been working for Dementia Canterbury as their Volunteer Coordinator and for Voices Co. as a Contemporary Singing Tutor.

Jasmine joins us in the Magnification team focusing on our Sunday gatherings. Jasmine is excited to combine many of her passions in her new role, and to see people meet God for the first time, and also grow in their love and knowledge of God.

Jasmine is married to Tim, and enjoys music, spending time with friends and family, and exploring New Zealand.

José Billington
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José Billington

Ministry Apprentice

José moved from Chile with his family in 2006 in search for a better life. Growing up Roman-Catholic and giving up the faith in high school, José was challenged to rethink it all upon being invited to Campus Church at the end of his first year at UC. After challenges through Christianity Explorer, other groups and events, God had won him from death to life. Now José has joined the apprenticeship program and being involved in a variety of ministry life such as Kid-space and Mission.

José is married to Caitlin and enjoys reading, learning the piano and a good BBQ!

Caitlin Billington
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Caitlin Billington

Ministry Apprentice

Originally from South Africa, Caitlin moved to Christchurch in 2016 to study law at UC. Finishing her degree in 2019, she went on to a variety of work in 2020, including legal work, working for a podcast and being a school librarian. After marrying José in December 2020, they both started apprenticeship together at the beginning of this year.

Caitlin’s decision to start an apprenticeship comes from a deep conviction to see people won for the gospel - to see the Word of God proclaimed, and His kingdom grown. Her areas of ministry include leading in kids church, growth groups, and in the area of music on Sunday nights.

Caitlin spends her free time painting, running, and cooking.

Intern

Matt & Cristelle Nicholas
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Matt & Cristelle Nicholas

Intern

Matt and Cristelle Nicholas joined Cornerstone in 2020 as interns. They are OMF Mission Partners preparing for a ministry in the Philippines in future years.

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Support Staff

Elena Blair
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Elena Blair

Elena grew up in Russia. Her family immigrated to New Zealand when she was a teenager, they lived in Auckland where she studied business and IT.

Elena is married to Mike and they have two daughters. Elena came to faith while living and working in Sydney, after their flatmate had persistently invited her to come to church for more than a year.

Elena has been part of the Cornerstone family since late 2014 and now works on the staff team, supporting the work and the growth of Cornerstone ministries.

She enjoys gardening, walking in nature, and going on 4-wheel drive trips with the family.