Tommy “Urban D.” Kyllonen has been in ministry for over 20 years at Crossover Church in Tampa, Florida. He holds a BA in pastoral theology from Southeastern University and attended their masters level church leadership cohort. Under his leadership the church has grown from 40 to over 1,000. This multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-class 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 urban community. 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, JUCE TV Networks. Urban D. is an internationally known hip-hop artist that has released 9 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.
Tommy has authored six books; “Un.orthodox”(Zondervan), “ReBuild” (interVarsity Press), “Love Our City” and “Next Steps”, “What happens when you’re generous” and his latest best seller “Frames”. The Love Our City book is a 30 Day Devotional book that also has a Leader’s Box Kit that helps churches do a Love Our City campaign in their church. Hundreds of churches are now part of the Love Our City Movement. He is also the publisher of S.O.U.L. MAG Magazine which has produced twenty nine issues. The magazine has become the voice of the Christian Hip-Hop Community with a readership in the tens of thousands. Tommy is also the founder of the Flavor Fest Urban Leadership Conference which has trained over 5,000 leaders at Crossover since its inception. He also has a passion to pour into pastors and church planters as he has coached over 100 pastors.
Tommy is very involved in his local community as he serves on the Uptown Innovation District board. He lives in Tampa, Florida with his wife Lucy and his two daughters Deyana and Sophia.