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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Luke Sinclair
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Luke Sinclair

Mission Pastor

Luke grew up in New Zealand and has been following Jesus since he was young. He was challenged during his time at UC and did a ministry apprenticeship here at Cornerstone. Luke met his wife Naomi at Moore Theological College in Sydney. They began working at Cornerstone in January 2018 and works as our mission pastor by training and equipping people to share the gospel. He leads Christianity Explored courses and is a cluster leader for The Bridge.

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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.

Naomi Sinclair
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Naomi Sinclair

Pastoral Worker

Naomi has followed Jesus for as long as she can remember. Her parents were missionaries in Japan where she grew up. When she was 18 she moved to Australia where she went to uni and did a ministry apprenticeship. She met Luke while attending Moore Theological College. They joined the team at Cornerstone in January 2018. She currently meets with folks throughout the week to spend time in the Word and pray. Naomi leads Christianity Explored courses and is a Connect Group leader for Women’s Connect and a cluster leader for The Bridge International Bible Study.

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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.

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Intern

Matt & Cristelle Nicholas
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Matt & Cristelle Nicholas

Intern

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

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