Our 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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Scott Mackay
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Scott Mackay

Associate Pastor

Scott is delighted to be serving Cornerstone Church as assistant pastor. Having grown up in the Manawatu, Scott moved to Christchurch in 2006 to work in student ministry at the University of Canterbury. He has a Bachelor of Divinity from Moore Theological College (Sydney) and has also studied Bioprocess Engineering at Massey University and performance music. He and his wife, Jess, have three daughters.

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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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Greg McMullan
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Greg McMullan

Operations Manager

It was during his time as a Civil Engineering student at UC that Greg first began attending Cornerstone. As time went on he became increasingly involved with the church, loving and greatly benefiting from the gospel-centred work there. He was keen to help with the mission in any way possible, so despite enjoying assessing and designing building structures after graduation, he decided to take up an opportunity to work with Cornerstone as Operations Manager. Greg looks after the behind-the-scenes aspects of church life. His work makes our mid-week and Sunday meetings happen, frees up pastoral staff to do their work, and brings other church events to life.

Outside of this, Greg enjoys reading, sports, and chats about God as he has revealed himself to us in the Bible.

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Shola Olaniyan
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Shola Olaniyan

Campus Worker

Shola moved to Christchurch just over a year ago from Edinburgh with his wife Jennifer and their lovely 2-year old daughter Teninla. Jennifer’s studying for a PhD in ecology at UC and Shola just earned himself a similar degree from Edinburgh Uni studying tsetse flies in Nigeria. He grew up with Christian parents who were part of an Evangelical Church in Jos Nigeria where he learnt about Jesus from an early age. Faith in Jesus came in his final year of high school with the realization that he was powerless to change himself and that only a radical transformation through faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection could save him from the sin that threatened to destroy him. Since that day in 1994, he has grown in his love and knowledge of Jesus and although a shy person by nature, he loves people enough to come alongside them and introduce them to the God who ‘stepped into the room’ in the person of Jesus and gave him new life. Being an insect enthusiast, he loves the fact that the Bible invites us to ‘go and learn wisdom from the ants’ which he tries to do at every opportunity.

Chloë Wood
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Chloë Wood

Ministry Apprentice

Katie Bañuelos
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Katie Bañuelos

Administrative Assistant

Saskia van de Wal
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Saskia van de Wal

Children's Coordinator