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.


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. 



Neal_Mathias Rev. Neal R. Mathias (Executive Minister)

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.

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 October 18, 2017.