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About Our Leadership Team

Paddy Harris

Paddy Harris is our Pastor and has been part of the Cornerstone leadership team from the church's beginning. He is married to Clare, and they have three children: Zachary, Noah and Lily. Paddy was formerly the Youth Pastor and an Elder at Long Crendon Baptist Church who planted Cornerstone in 2006. Paddy is a keen wicket keeper whose main contribution to Thame cricket club is in the quality of his sledging. He loves his family and is keen to pastor a
church his kids love to attend. Paddy wishes he could ski and sail more than he gets to.

Clare works three days a week for an International Christian Missionary Agency in their High Wycombe office. Her duties include planning their international conference as well as
administration support for the team. Clare helps out at Cornerstone in a whole heap of ways ranging from being part of the projector team to leading Bible studies.

Helen Bancroft

Helen has been at Cornerstone Church since inception and after carrying out Treasurer and other leadership roles has followed her calling to become a Lay Minister at the church.

Helen currently is responsible for pastoral care co-ordination and has a passion for discipleship. Married to John with 3 grown up children. Helen likes gardening, enjoys walks,
running and creative hobbies.

Nick Francis

Nick is married to Liz and has 2 boys – Daniel and Thomas. They’ve been coming to Cornerstone for just over a year. Previously Nick was a youth pastor in a number of churches and denominations for 15 years. After a slight career change, he now works locally in IT.

He is passionate about tech, worship & teaching and loves seeing people connect with God and learn from God. He is also keen to see and help young people be engaged in all areas of
church and discover their full God given potential.

Nick’s wife, Liz, is passionate about justice and prayer and can be regularly campaigns on behalf of those who cannot speak for themselves.

Kate Paver

My husband, Steve and I joined Cornerstone in the first weeks of its existence in 2007. As Southern Africans, we had just settled in Thame having moved from Tanzania. We have 3 children.


I have always been involved in the church youth - starting in crèche and then graduating to sclub. I have led age groups at Thame's fun Lighthouse Holiday weeks for a few years and love singing and playing the flute in church worship. I work as a Cover Supervisor at Lord Williams' school and lead the Eco club there, an area close to my heart, and am part of the Red Letter Discipleship group in Cornerstone.

Ulrike Kibble

Ulrike has been part of the Leadership team since the beginning in her role as Administrator for the church. She is married to Mark, who is a Civil Engineer working in Construction and when their 2 grown up children had left home in 2019, she started working for Estates Services at the University of Oxford.

Ulrike is passionate about Evangelism and looks after Discipleship groups and Sunday Welcomers at Cornerstone and in her role as Church Secretary also holds Safeguarding, GDPR and generally church policies as well as Human Resources for the staff team as responsibilities. In her spare time, she likes socialising, cycling, swimming, skiing, reading and travelling.

Anthony & Amanda Clarke

Anthony currently teaches theology at Oxford University and before then was Minister of two Baptist churches. He shares the treasurer’s role with Amanda his wife, and they have three children.

B Laws

B moved to Thame from London in 2009 with her husband Steve and three (now almost all grown up!) children.


A member of Cornerstone since 2013, B served as a small group leader and Discipleship Group Co-ordinator before joining the Leadership Team in 2018. She is now one of the youth leaders for the church’s teenagers and helps to organise regular joint youth events with the other local churches.


B works as a teaching assistant in Y1 at her second home, John Hampden School. When she’s not at John Hampden School for work or church, B enjoys cooking, walking and reading (and the occasional G&T!).​​

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