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.

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.

Joe Davis

Joe Davis

Board Member

Joe Davis is a nationally touring writer, speaker, and performer based in Minneapolis, MN. He is the frontman of emerging soul, funk, and spoken word ensemble, The Poetic Diaspora, and the co-founder and Artistic Director of H-Cubed: Harrison, Healing, and Harmony, a monthly event series centered on healing through the arts. As a student and educator, he has served as teaching artist at dozens of high schools and universities and most recently as the Artist-in-Residence at Luther Seminary, receiving a masters in Theology of the Arts.

Jack Gaede

Jack Gaede

Board Member

Jack Gaede is currently serving as Director of Congregational Community at White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church in Mahtomedi, MN. Born and raised in northern Minnesota, he has spent his adult life in the Twin Cities, living most of that time in an intentional community house in North Minneapolis. After graduating from United Theological Seminary with his Master of Divinity degree, he served as intern minister at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. He is passionate about justice work, winter activities, and human connection.

Lena Gardner

Lena Gardner

Board Member

Lena K. Gardner hails from Golden Valley, MN and is a graduate of United Theological Seminary with her masters in Justice and Peace studies. She is the Executive Director of the newly formed Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU), a faith-based racial justice organization and spiritual community dedicated to justice-making and liberation through our faith. She lives in Robbinsdale with her three cats, Merlin, Sam and Soukie. And her dear friend and housemate Remi. At the core of all of her work are the questions how do we live out and into our privately held values in the public arena? What does justice mean collectively and individually? What can each of us do in order to be more loving and just in the world?

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.

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.

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.

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.

Katie Yanike

Katie Yanike

Board Secretary

Katie lives in the Minneapolis Catholic Worker/Rye House intentional community in the Philips neighborhood. She also works as the Program Director at Joyce Preschool, a bilingual (Spanish-English) preschool in South Minneapolis.