Maki Ashe Van Steenwyk (they/she) is the Executive Director of the Center for Prophetic Imagination in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ashe cofounded the Mennonite Worker (an urban church and intentional community) in 2004. Until it closed in 2018, the Mennonite Worker was a hub for hospitality, spirituality, and resistance.

Ashe (who, before their gender transition, was known as “Mark”) is the author of A Wolf at the GateunKingdom, and That Holy Anarchist, and a contributor to a number of edited tomes. Ashe has been published in Sojourners, Geez Magazine,, Leadership Magazine, the Mennonite, and Mennonite World Review. Their work has been featured in the Minneapolis Star Tribute, the Boston Globe, and on

As the former co-producer of the Iconocast, Ashe interviewed Cornel West, James Cone, Bill Ayers, Starhawk, Wazayatawin and many others. These days, Ashe is usually on the other side of the virtual microphone.

Ashe has a B.S. in Ministry from the University of Northwestern, an M.Div. from Bethel Theological Seminary, and studied Spiritual Direction at the University of St. Catherine’s graduate school. Ashe is currently a Doctor of Ministry student at United Theological Seminary.

Preaching Examples

  • Transfiguration” First Congregational Church of Oakland, March 2014
  • Jubilee” Church of All Nations, August 2013

Teaching Examples

Articles Featuring Ashe

Some interviews with Ashe

Ashe’s favorite interviews (as the interviewer) from the Iconocast

Ashe’s Deep Roots Episodes

Ashe on Social Media

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