From Urban D.
Tommy “Urban D.” Kyllonen has been in full time urban ministry for over 20 years at Crossover Church in Tampa, Florida (www.crossoverchurch.org). Under his leadership the church has grown from 40 to over 1,000. This multi-ethnic, multi-generational, economically diverse church has become a model. They recently relocated to a 43,000 square foot retail building that was a former Toys R’ Us in the heart of Tampa’s inner-city. Outreach Magazine recognized Crossover as one of America’s Most Innovative Churches. Crossover has also been featured in USA Today, Newsweek, CBS News, BET News, and several regional media outlets. Tommy has also been featured on TBN, 700 Club, and regularly on CTN and JCTV Networks. Urban D. is an internationally known hip-hop artist that has released 8 full length albums and several remix projects (www.urband.org). He has performed and spoken at concerts and conferences across the U.S. as well as overseas in Japan, Australia, The UK, Germany, and Nigeria.
In 2007 he authored the book “Un.orthodox” published by Zondervan and in 2012 he authored “Next steps on your spiritual journey” which is used as a resource to give out to new believers from the urban context at his church and many others. His latest book "ReBuild" was published through InterVarsity Press in the fall of 2015. The book also was accompanied by his last full-length album with 10 songs that match the 10 chapters of the ReBuild book. Tommy is also the publisher of S.O.U.LMAG Magazine (www.soulmag.tv) which has partnered with American Bible Society and produced 27 issues. This magazine has become the voice of the Christian Hip-Hop Community with a readership in the tens of thousands. The magazine also has a TV Show “S.O.U.LMAG TV” which Tommy hosts on the JUCE TV Network. Tommy is also the founder of the Flavor Fest Urban Leadership Conference (www.flavorfest.org ) which is in it’s 16th year and has trained over 4,000 leaders since it’s inception. He also founded the Urban Coaching Network (www.urbancoachingnetwork.com), where he has trained over 75 urban church planters. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Lucy and his two daughters Deyana and Sophia.