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Pastors

Dr. Derek W.H.Thomas Derek_Thomas
Senior Minister

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 FirstPresbyterian 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.


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Rev. David H. Lauten
Senior Associate, Minister of Congregational Care

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. Bryan F. Bult
Associate Minister to the Elderly

Bryan was born in Conway, South Carolina and raised in Mullins. He attended Erskine College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology and Education in 1995.  At Erskine he met his future wife, Michelle Drew.  Bryan served as teacher, basketball coach, and athletic director at Pee Dee Academy for two years before answering the call to seminary. He began his theological studies at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte before transferring to Erskine Theological Seminary, where he earned the Master of Divinity degree in 2003. Bryan served ARP churches In Rock Hill, Greenwood, and Fayetteville, TN before answering the Lord’s call to serve at First Presbyterian. Bryan's joy is to see others come to know Christ and fulfill their ultimate purpose to glorify and enjoy God forever.

The Bults have four children: Mary Drew, Freeman, Harrison and Anna Campbell.


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Dr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer
Associate Minister of Discipleship

Dr. Fluhrer joined the First Presbyterian Church staff in October 2017. Gabe grew up in Greenville, South Carolina, and attended the University of South Carolina. He was ordained at the Second Presbyterian Church of Greenville in 2008, after completing his Master of Divinity at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He later received his Ph.D. from Westminster Theological Seminary. Prior to coming to First Presbyterian Church, Gabe served as the church planter and founding pastor of Shiloh Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, North Carolina from 2011-2015 and the Minister of Discipleship at First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi from 2015-2017.  He has also edited three books published by P&R.

Currently, Gabe is the Minister of Discipleship at First Presbyterian Church and serves on the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary’s Global and Houston campuses. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, golf, and Gamecock football.

He is married to Callie. The have three daughters.


Josh SquiresRev. Josh A. Squires
Associate Minister of Counseling

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 three sons.


 This page last updated April 19, 2018.