Staff and Board

Mark Van Steenwyk

Mark Van Steenwyk

Executive Director, Co-Founder

Mark Van Steenwyk is the Executive Director at CPI. Mark is a writer, teacher, organizer, and spiritual director. For nearly 15 years, Mark has sown seeds of subversive spirituality throughout North America. He co-founded the Mennonite Worker in Minneapolis in 2004 with his wife Amy. Mark is the author of That Holy Anarchist, The unKingdom of God, and A Wolf at the Gate. You can find out more about Mark here.

Zed Jensen

Zed Jensen

Program Director, Co-Founder

Zed Jensen is the Program Director at CPI. Zed has been a part of radical Christian community in California, Australia, and Minnesota. They are passionate about the use of art in every social movement towards liberation, queer/trans rights, redefining what Christianity looks like in the USA and most importantly: playing dress up with friends and family.

Katherine Parent

Katherine Parent

Board Chair

Katherine Parent is a PhD student at Luther Seminary and an artist-in residence at Redeemer Lutheran Church in North Minneapolis. Katherine grew up in Nashville and Seattle. After graduating from St. Olaf in 2009 she spent several years studying global Christianity in Norway. In her free time, Katherine likes to sing folk music, cook and spend time in the woods.

Katie Yanike

Katie Yanike

Board Secretary

Katie lives in the Minneapolis Catholic Worker/Rye House intentional community in the Philips neighborhood, where she strives to live with others, love more radically, and understand herself and others more deeply. She also works as a teacher at Joyce Preschool, a bilingual (Spanish-English) preschool in South Minneapolis.

Daniel Wolpert

Daniel Wolpert

Board Treasurer

Daniel Wolpert, a student of the spiritual life, has taught in the fields of psychology and spiritual formation for the past 30 years. Co-founder and Executive Director of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing, he’s the author of Leading a Life with God, Creating a Life with God, Meeting God in Virtual Reality, and The Collapse of the Three Story Universe.

Debra Bell

Debra Bell

Board Member

Debra G. Bell, M.D. is a board certified family physician and a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. She currently practices as a consultative Integrative Medicine physician at the Penny George Institute of Health and Healing in Minneapolis. Debra is cofounder of the Minnesota Institute of Contemplation and Healing.

Brett Knutson

Brett Knutson

Board Member

Brett currently works in Advertising as a Creative Director. Before that he was a Writer/Producer on a TV show for the History Channel all about monsters. He has been a magazine writer, a Sergeant in the US Army and a spiritual speaker, planner and mentor. In 2006, Brett earned his MA in Christian Thought.

Jonathan Stegall

Jonathan Stegall

Board Member

Jonathan is a web and user experience designer living in South Minneapolis with his wife and daughter. He is passionate about connecting design, theology and spirituality, and justice, and looks for ways to pursue justice and join movements within faith community.

Tony Williams

Tony Williams

Board Member

Tony attended Santa Clara University in California, where he was heavily involved in the Unity 4 movement for racial and gender equity on campus. Following graduation, he returned to Minneapolis and went through the Rising Tides organizer training. Tony has done community organizing work on a number of topics, including payday lending and police abolition.