College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Forrest Inslee

Global Studies

  • M.C.S. Regent College, 1998
  • Ph.D. Northwestern University, 1992
  • M.A. Northwestern University, 1988
  • B.A. Northwestern University, 1984

Chair of International Community Development


Forrest Inslee earned an MA and PhD from Northwestern University in communication/ethnography, and an MA in Theology from Regent College. He worked a number of years among the urban poor in Chicago, and later lived in Istanbul supporting community development and leadership training for the emerging churches there. His primary teaching interests lie in community development, intercultural studies, environmental justice, and social entrepreneurship.


  • Culture Studies in a Global Context
  • Research for Social Change
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Fieldwork
  • Thesis Practica

Current Work

Editor, Christ & Cascadia.

PodcastEarthkeepers—Creation Care and Spirituality.

Designer/Instructor, Resilient Leaders Project. Lily Endowment grant, The Seattle School, December 2017–December 2022. 

Presentation: “A New Way Forward in Community Development.” Keynote Speaker, Path from Poverty Fundraising Gala, Seattle, October 2018.

Workshop: “Social Enterprise is the Work of the Church.” Inhabit Conference, Seattle, April 2017.

Article: “How Not to Serve the Native Church.” Christ and Cascadia, February 2017.

Presentation: “Songs of the People: Supporting the Creation of Indigenous Music.” Missions Fest, Bellevue, WA, October 2016

Presentation: “Sustainable Housing in Seattle: A Tiny House Solution.” Inhabit Conference, Seattle, April 2015.

Workshop: “Rethinking the Place of Church in Community Development.” Coordinator and speaker at event co-sponsored by Mustard Seed Associates, The Seattle School, and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Seattle, April 2015.

Book Chapter: "Found by Grace." The Spirit of Adoption. Ed by Melanie Springer Mock, Martha Diede, and Jeremiah Webster. Cascade Books: OR. 2014.

Workshop: “Social Change Agents: New Challenges for the Millennial Generation.” Coordinator and speaker at event co-sponsored by Mustard Seed Associates and The Seattle School. Seattle, May 2014.

Recommended Reading

Braving the Wilderness by Brené Brown
Let Your Life Speak by Parker Palmer
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Living by Annie Dillard