Rev. Daniel R. Hyde—“Pastor Danny” to the members of Oceanside United Reformed Church—has an eclectic past: he was baptized Roman Catholic, was converted in a Foursquare church, attended an Assemblies of God college where he flirted spiritually with Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism before he discovered the riches of the historic Protestant and Reformed Christian faith. All of this prepared him to minister in the diverse religious culture of Southern California. In 2000, while still in seminary, Danny planted the Oceanside United Reformed Church (United Reformed Churches in North America) in Carlsbad/Oceanside, California. Fifteen years on later he continues as pastor and is married with four children. He and his wife enjoy showing hospitality in their home for meals, prayer, and to study the Word.
Pastor Danny has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from Vanguard University, Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Westminster Seminary California, and a Master of Theology (Th.M.) from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. His Th.M. thesis was entitled, “Of Great Importance and of High Concernment: The Liturgical Theology of John Owen (1616-1683),” and was read by Drs. Joel Beeke, Derek W. H. Thomas, and Mark Jones. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Some of Danny’s favorite authors and books are John Calvin (Institutes of the Christian Religion), J.R.R. Tolkien (The Hobbit), John Owen (The Glory of Christ), the poetry of John Donne, the writings of John Steinbeck, the works of J. C. Ryle, and the writings of Hughes Oliphant Old (e.g., The Patristic Roots of Reformed Worship), Michael Horton (e.g., In the Face of God), and John Williamson Nevin (e.g., The Anxious Bench) on worship.
He also serves as Adjunct Instructor of Systematic Theology and Missions at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Adjunct Instructor of Ministerial Studies at Mid-America Reformed Seminary, and as a member of the Advisory Council for Word & Deed, which is an international organization that exists to address the spiritual and physical needs of people in the developing world in accordance with biblical principles.