Meet Pastor Danny

Rev. Dr. Daniel R. Hyde (“Pastor Danny”) is a SoCal native and has an eclectic past that has prepared him to minister in the diverse religious culture of Southern California. 

He was born in 1974 at Long Beach Memorial Hospital and soon baptized in the Roman Catholic Church. He spent his early childhood especially in Cypress, during which time his father was converted through the Calvary Chapel Movement in Costa Mesa. After moving to Redondo Beach and experiencing a broken family, he was invited to Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach (Foursquare Church) when he was 17 and was converted to Christ. After graduating from Redondo Union High School, he attended Southern California College/Vanguard University (Assemblies of God) on a basketball scholarship. It was during this time that he became disillusioned as a young believer leading him on a two-year journey exploring Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism as well as the cults such as Mormonism and Jehovah’s Witnesses. All the while he youth pastored at a non-denominational Pentecostal church. Pastor Danny discovered the riches of the historic Protestant and Reformed Christian faith after meeting a classmate who introduced him to The White Horse Inn radio broadcast and through a theology professor, who started giving him books by Luther, Calvin, and others.

After graduating from S.C.C. with his Bachelor of Arts (B.A., 1997), Pastor Danny completed his Master of Divinity (M.Div., 2000) from Westminster Seminary California, Master of Theology (Th.M., 2010) from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and defended his Doctoral dissertation at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Ph.D., 2022) in the Department of Dogmatics and Ecumenics. You may view his full Curriculum Vitae here.

He is married to Karajean, who serves as Director of the Irvine Math Project, and they have four children: Cyprian (who plays basketball at the University of Portland), Caiden, Daxton, and Sadie. Together they enjoy showing hospitality in their home for meals, prayer, and to study the Word.


Pastor Danny has written numerous books to help people of all backgrounds grow in the knowledge of Christ, including his most popular book, Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims (Reformation Trust Publishing, 2010). He also regularly writes for Ligonier Ministries’ TableTalkFor a complete list of his books, chapters, & article please see his his full Curriculum Vitae here.


You can listen to Pastor Danny’s sermons at SermonAudioYouTube. He has also done radio broadcasts for Abounding Grace RadioLigonier Ministries and regularly does interviews on podcasts. 

Speaking Requests

He considers it an honor and privilege to be asked to speak outside of OURC. In the words of Paul, doing so not only allows him to “impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you” but “that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Rom. 1:11-12).

While his calling is to serve the OURC, his elders and congregation do give him time to speak outside the congregation. Just send him an email to have a discussion.