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Nick Duke - Christchurch, New Zealand

I’m Nick – married to Kristie, coming up on 20 years.  We’ve got 5 kids aged from 6 to 15 years old.  We’ve ended up in Christchurch, New Zealand – the land of the All Blacks and The Lord of the Rings.  We’ve been here for over a decade largely working in a church plant called Cornerstone Church.

I was raised in a Christian home and benefited lots from lunchtime and camping ministry whilst in high school.  It was studying Psychology at university that I met the lovely Kristie.  We both were hugely impacted by the work of IFES at university and ended up being persuaded that coming to New Zealand to support university ministry here was a great way to invest our lives.

Before New Zealand, I spent a number of years running a small software development firm in Sydney and also studying theology.  Five years into our time here, Christchurch suffered a number of earthquakes that took 185 lives, destroyed much of the city and shaped our experience here significantly.

We’re 8 years into a university campus church plant and 3 years into a community church plant here in Christchurch.  I’m now the Senior Pastor of those congregations and also one of three directors of Multiply, a recently started church planting network in New Zealand.