Daniel White Hodge

Daniel White Hodge

Director, The Center for Youth Ministry Studies; Adjunct Professor


Currently serving as the Director for The Center for Urban Youth Ministry and Assistant Professor at North Park University, Dan has served in higher education for several years. Previously, he was a lecturer in the Pan African Studies Department at Cal State Los Angeles and in the Sociology Department at Citrus College. His expertise includes Hip Hope, race relations, film, current trends, spirituality, Urban Youth Ministry, and missology. His dissertation focused on the life, theology and spiritual message of Tupace Amaru Shaku and is titled Baptized in Direty Water: The Missiological Gospel of Tupac Amaru Shakur.

Dan has been involved with Hip Hop culture all his life. As a former music producer, Dan helped mix Bone Thugs & Harmony's first album E 1999 Eternal, along with Beastie Boys DJ Hurricane's album. Dan also helped in the formation of different background tracks for the first two seasons of New York Undercover. He continues to remain closely tuned into the music of Hip Hop. Along with his wife, Emily, and daughter, Mahalia Joy, he resides in Pasadena, California where they volunteer and network with various urban organizations in the Los Angeles area. Approaching life as a team, they work together in the urban community of Los Angeles and have a deep sense of and desire for social justice.

As a social activist, Dan co-founded the youth organization Youth On The Move, which worked with pregnant teen moms, helped juvenile offenders find employment, and developed life skills for urban youth. This program went on to partner with Urban Young Life in the Bay Area of California. Dan has worked on a number of different community-based campaigns/programs using Hip Hop to address issues of race/ethnicity, gender-based violence, literacy and immigration.


Ph.D., Fuller University, Graduate School of Intercultural Studies
M.A., Fuller University
B.A., California State University, Monterey Bay

At Eastern Since 2009

Courses Taught

Urban Youth Culture, Leadership Practicum for Youth Development

Research Interests

Hip Hope, race relations, film, current trends, spirituality, Urban Youth Ministry, and missiology

  • Forthcoming book “The Hostile Gospel: Exploring the Post Soul Theology within Hip Hope culture in Post 9/11 America”
  • Hodge, D. (2010). The Soul of Hip Hop: Rims, Timbs and a Cultural Theology, Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
  • Hodge, D. (2010). Heave Has a Ghetto: The Missiological Gospel and Theology of Tupac Amaru Shakur, Saarbrücken,Germany: VDM Publishing. 
Select Articles
  • Hodge, Daniel. 2005. "Money & Finances in Hip Hop Culture." Youth & Family Institute no. 2 (1). 
  • Hodge, Daniel. 2005. "Trauma & Urban Youth." Youth & Family Institute no. 2 (3):2-6. www.whitehodge.com
  • Hodge, Daniel White. 2007. "The Bible In Contemporary Culture (Book Review)." Prism no. 14 (5):30.
  • Hodge, Daniel. 2007. "Gettin The Hype on Hip Hop." Prism no. 14 (3):18-21.
  • Hodge, Daniel. 2010. "Christ Appropriating The Culture of Hip Hop: The Soul of Hip Hop Pt 2." Fuller Youth Institute no. 6 (7).
  • Hodge, Daniel. 2010. "The Soul of Hip Hop Pt 1: Toward A Missiological Gospel of Culture." Fuller Youth Institute no. 6 (6).
  • Hodge, Daniel White. 2011. "Open Up the Doors: Music in the Modern Church (Book Review)." Pneuma no. 33:445-446.
  • Hodge, Daniel. 2012. "Baptized In Dirty Water: An Ontology of Hip Hop's Manufacturing of Socio-Religious Discourse in Tupac’s “Black Jesuz”." Memphis Theological Seminary Journal no. 52 (11).
  • Hodge, Daniel. 2013. "No Church in the Wild: Hip Hop Theology & Mission." Missiology: An International Review no. XL:4 (4):1-13.
  • Hodge, Daniel.2013. "No Church in The Wild: An Ontology of Hip Hop's Socio-Religious Discourse in Tupac's "Black Jesuz"." Nomos (March 23, 2013):1-5.
  • Hodge, Daniel. 2013. "Beyond Western Approaches to Missions: Postindustrial Missions & The Missiology within Hip Hop Culture." First Fruits Press Association of Professors of Mission (The 2013 Proceedings of the Association of Professors of Mission: Social Encounter: The Challenge of the Social in Missiological Education):309-350.