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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Veronica Hoyt
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Veronica Hoyt

Women's Worker

Veronica was taught the gospel about Jesus at an early age, but the older she gets the more convinced she is that this truly is the best and most extraordinary news of all time. She loves to teach (and speak about) the Bible to others, and is excited to be part of the team at Cornerstone Campus Church as its women’s worker.

Veronica has a teaching background and recently completed a PhD in English Literature at UC. She is married to Berwyn (an electrical engineer) and has one son, Emlyn. She loves reading (often having three or four books on the go at a time), planning special events for her family, coaxing her garden along, and spending time with friends.

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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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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

Victoria Goodman
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Victoria Goodman

Ministry Apprentice

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 has been working as a high school science teacher.

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

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Joshua Rich
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Joshua Rich

Ministry Apprentice

Joshua was born in Wellington and moved to Christchurch to study electrical engineering at UC. Joshua got married to Elizabeth in the summer of 2018 and they both love getting outdoors and going for an adventure. These adventures normally involve a combination of surfing, biking, snowboarding etc.

However, throughout Joshua’s adventures he has only found true satisfaction in his saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, and therefore wishes to spend his days proclaiming this gospel to all who have ears to listen. Joshua joined Campus Church staff at the start of 2019 for a two year ministry apprenticeship.

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Kadin Wood
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Kadin Wood

Ministry Apprentice

Kadin is doing a ministry apprenticeship after studying at the University of Canterbury, and working as a mechanical engineer for 4 years. He is excited to share the good news of Christ with students at a stage in life where they will face many big questions. Kadin is married to Chloë who finished a ministry apprenticeship with Cornerstone at the end of 2018. They have a wonderful son, Eli, born early in 2019. Kadin enjoys playing sports, brewing beer, and working in his garage on a range of projects.

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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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