Tommy "Urban D." Kyllonen has been in full time urban ministry for over 20 years at Crossover Church in Tampa, Florida. He has been the lead pastor for over 14 years. 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. As they grew, they relocated into 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 JUCE TV Networks. Urban D. is an internationally known hip-hop artist who has released 8 full length albums and several remix projects ( 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 Tommy 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 ive out to new believers from the urban context at his church and many others. His latest book, ReBuild - Reset Your Life, Renew Your Church, Reshape Your World, was released through IVP (InterVarsity Press) in October 2015. Tommy is also the publisher of S.O.U.LMAG Magazine, which has produced over 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 JUCE TV Network and Vertical TV. Tommy is also the founder of the Flavor Fest Urban Leadership Conference which has trained over 5,000 leaders in the past 16 years. He also founded the Urban Coaching Network, where he has trained over 75 urban church planters. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Lucy and his two young daughters Deyana and Sophia.


Workshop Session 3: Engaging Outreach in the Urban Context
Outreach cannot be done the way we did it 20 years ago. Culture has changed and people's view of the church has changed in many cities. This workshop will share some creative ideas about consistent outreach and large events that can engage real needs and grab the attention of your community.
Time: Wednesday, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Location: Education Building (E1) - Room 317

Workshop Session 4: Becoming/Balancing Multi-Ethnic, Multi-Generational, Multi-Class in the Urban Context
Urban areas are becoming more and more diverse. Urban churches cannot effectively live out the words of Jesus where he says "Love your neighbor as you love yourselves" unless they become more diverse. This workshop will share some of Crossover Church's journey and what they have learned and what they're currently learning on this journey of being a diverse urban church.
Time: Wednesday, 2:30 – 3:30pm
Location: Education Building (E1) - Room 317

Workshop Session 5: Transitioning Your Church to Living Color
How can you effectively transition an existing church to more authentically reflect its community and meet existing needs? More specifically, how can you do this when resources are scarce and/or in urban centers? Join Tommy to learn how to reset and in the process, how your church can not only survive but thrive in an increasingly diverse society.
Time: Thursday, 8:45 – 9:45am
Location: Faith Hall - Room 350

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