Sundays: 8:30am and 11:15am and 6:00pm
Wednesdays: 12:15pm and 6:30pm


Dr. Derek W.H.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 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.

Gabe fluhrer cropDr. Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer

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.


Rev. David Lauten (Pastor of Family Ministries)

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. 



Josh SquiresRev. Josh Squires (Minister of Counseling and Congregational Care)

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 February 12, 2018.