Bob Hepburn

Robert C. Hepburn

Founder, TGTS 2.0 / YUBM Ministries, Associate Professor

A few years after coming to faith in Christ, Bob found himself enrolled in an urban ministry curriculum – one the Lord Jesus personally and purposefully designed to develop and mature him in the faith. While he admits being initially a somewhat reluctant student of street culture, “Hep” quickly discovered the joys and sorrows of an incredibly wide bandwidth of street-related ministry experiences and opportunities. 

Bob served on the faculty of the Center for Urban Theological Studies (teaching courses in theology, apologetics, philosophy, ethics, urban youth culture and ministry); Eastern University (teaching courses in the M.A. of Arts in the Urban Studies Urban Youth Leadership program and for the Campolo College of Graduate and Professional Studies); and Biblical Theological Seminary. His D.Min. project in Urban Missions at Westminster Theological Seminary is titled Rapologetics: How the Gospel of Christ Takes On the Street.

As an urban missiologist and practitioner for the past 38 years, Bob's been involved in youth and young adult ministries in Paterson and Camden, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore, MD; and Washington, DC. As a musicologist, he maintains a regular year-round retreat and conference itinerary, ministering to youth and young adults. He's also worked with a number of church vocal groups in Philadelphia, PA and Paterson, NJ. Seeking to help bridge the gap between the Church and street / hip-hop culture, Bob founded TGTS 2.0 / YUBM Ministries in 1992. His ministry tasks center on discipleship (focusing on leadership development) and evangelism (sharing the street-relevant Christ with urban youth and young adults – a crew remarkably open and receptive to the things of the Lord). More information is at the TGTS 2.0 / YUBM Ministries Web site: and at

  • D.Min., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Graduate Certificate in Christian Studies
  • M.A., Westminster Theological Seminary
  • Th.B., Northeastern Bible College
  • B.A., Rowan University
  • At Eastern Since 2007
Courses Taught

Apologetics fo the Urban Youth Context, Urban Youth Culture, Christ & the City, Theological Foundations for Urban Youth Ministry

Research Interests

The church and hip hop culture, missiology, street culture

Select Articles/Books
  • Hepburn, B. (2017). TGTS 2.0: The Gospel/The Street: What Does the Gospel of Christ Look Like in Street Contexts. (Find on Amazon)
  • Hepburn, B. (1992). Rap Music: A window into a Culture. Journal of Urban Mission.
  • Hepburn, B. (1992). Rap Music: Give Me My Respect, Man! Journal of Urban Mission.
  • Hepburn, B. (1989). Penetrating an Urban People Group: The Street-Oriented, Youth Urban Black Male. Journal of Urban Mission.