Daniel White Hodge

Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry, North Park University

Topic: Baptized in Dirty Water: Evangelism in Post-Civil Rights Era

Session: Evangelism and Apologetics, Pre-Summit Session


With 20 years of urban youth work experience, Dr. Daniel White Hodge is a recognized urban expert & cultural literacy scholar. Dan is the Director of the Center for Youth Ministry Studies and Assistant Professor of Youth Ministry at North Park University in Chicago. He has worked for and with organizations such as Young Life and World Vision and has done work with undocumented youth in Los Angeles. He was a youth pastor for many years and continues to advocate for youth justice issues. Dr. Hodge has taught at Cal State University Northridge’s religious studies department as well as Fuller Theological Seminary’s school of intercultural studies. As a speaker, writer, and activist, he has spoken on many college campuses including Stanford University, UCLA, USC, & Union Theological Seminary. Dan teaches classes around the world on subjects such as Black popular culture, personality & the self, Hip Hop discourse, and race/ ethnicity within religion. His two current books are Heaven Has A Ghetto: The Missiological Gospel & Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur (VDM 2009), and The Soul Of Hip Hop: Rimbs, Timbs, & A Cultural Theology (IVP 2010). His forthcoming book is titled The Hostile Gospel: Exploring Socio-Theological Traits In The Post Soul Context of Hip Hop (Brill Academic 2015) and Between God & Kanye: Youth Ministry in a Post-Civil Rights Era (IVP Academic early 2016). Some of the places He has published in are, The Journal Of Youth Ministry, Youthworker Journal, Missiology and has numerous book chapters in various readers. Dan & his wife Emily are most proud of their 8-year-old dancing daughter Mahalia Joy and continue to seek justice for youth in the Chicago community.