Dr. Thomas became Senior Minister on August 11, 2013. He originally joined the staff in 2011, coming from Jackson, MS, where he was Chairman of the Theology Department at Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) and Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church. He is from Wales. Dr. Thomas is a graduate of the University of Wales (B.Sc.), Reformed Theological Seminary (M.Div), and University of Wales/Lampeter (Ph.D.). He was ordained in the Evangelical Church of Ireland, where he served Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Belfast for 17 years before going to Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Thomas served the next sixteen years in Jackson, MS, as a professor of theology at RTS Jackson and Minister of Teaching at the historic First Presbyterian Church. Currently, Dr. Thomas is the Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at RTS Atlanta and a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier ministries. He is also a well published author.
Dr. Thomas is married to Rosemary. They have two grown children, one granddaughter, and one grandson.
Rev. Lauten came to the church in early 2007. He is a graduate of Emory University (B.A.) and of Westminster Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He began ministry by serving with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship in Columbia. Prior to coming to First Presbyterian Church, he served two other congregations: Westminster ARP Church in Conway, SC, and Shiloh ARP Church in Lancaster, SC.
He is married to Anne. They have a daughter and a son.
Rev. Mathias has been on the staff at FPC since 1994 when he was called to be Minister of Missions. In addition to being Executive Minister he works with World Missions and New Members. He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh (B.A.) and a graduate Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Following seminary be became the Youth and Children's Ministry Director at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Youngstown, Ohio. From 1981 to 1986 he served as pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Tampa, Florida. In 1986 he was called to serve as Director of Candidate Ministries of World Witness (the foreign mission board of the ARP Church) in Greenville, South Carolina.
He is married to Anne. They have three married children and five grandchildren.
Mark joined the staff in August 2012. A native of Belfast, Ireland, he received his Ph.D. in Systematic and Historical Theology at King's College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Mark is married to Monica, and they have four sons.
Rev. Squires joined the First Presbyterian Church staff in January 2014. He is a graduate of Belhaven University with a B.S. in Psychology; a graduate of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) with both a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy and in Counseling. Josh started a private practice counseling company and was a private therapist before returning to RTS to earn an M.Div. While pursuing his divinity degree, Josh served as the Christian Education intern at First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, MS and later as the Interim Director of Christian Medical and Dental Association at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
He is married to Melanie, and they have two daughters and two sons.
Rev. Wilkes came to First Presbyterian Church in 2004 as minister of Pastoral Care. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia. He attended Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson Mississippi and is a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia. He was pastor of the Rose Hill Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, from 1983 through 1993. He spent nine years with Mission to the World (PCA) in the area of Estate and Gift Design and general stewardship.
He is married to Vicki. They have a daughter and a son.
This page last updated January 11, 2016.