Urban D. founded the youth ministry at Crossover Community Church in 1996 with just 4 teens. Over the next six years he developed a first of it's kind Hip-Hop Youth Ministry which grew to 200. The adult ministry remained at about 40 as the different pastors were always bi-vocational.
In Jan. of 2002 Urban D. became the pastor and the church as a whole began focusing in on reaching the Hip-Hop Culture. A live DJ spins during worship as rappers mix in with the singing. Break Dancing Class, Step Team, Choir, Mc Class, Drama, Open Mic, Poetry Nights, Concerts, DJ and Production Class, and small group bible studies are all vital aspects to developing people's relationship with Christ as they develop their talents. Today the multi-cultural ministry has over 500 people attending services on a weekly basis.
Crossover annually holds a Hip-Hop/Urban Ministries Conference called Fla.vor Fest. Hundreds of youth pastors, pastors, leaders, and artists come from around the world to the fest to fellowship, network, and learn how we can better reach this culture. Concerts at the Fest and other Crossover events attract as many as 800 people.
Urban D. has recorded 5 solo albums since 1996 and traveled across the U.S., Germany, and Japan performing, preaching, and speaking at conferences. Urban D. writes for Feed Magazine, and also is the chairman and a writer for The American Bible Society's "Elementz Of Life" Hip-Hop devotional series. His latest album "The Immigrant" comes from Peter's writings in the New Testament where he shares we are all aliens, foreigners, and strangers here. Our true citizenship is in heaven. The Immigrant showcases a variety of east coast flavor with Urban D.'s trademark Mediterranean/Latin influence. Featuring some innovative production and incredible guest appearances.