“And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward Him and find Him. Yet He is actually not far from each one of us…” Acts 17:26–27


2019 Conference Speaker

Derek W.H. Thomas, a native of Wales, is the Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Columbia, South Carolina. He is also a Chancellor’s Professor at Reformed Theological Seminary and a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Wales, a Masters of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson), and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Wales (Lampeter). He previously served Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Belfast for 17 years and has published more than twenty-five books as well as contributing to many others.

Dr. Thomas and his wife, Rosemary, have two grown children and two grandchildren. He is passionate about classical music and opera.


 2019 Conference Schedule

Sunday, October 20
8:00 a.m. — Early Morning Worship
9:30 a.m. — Congregational Communities
10:55 a.m. — Late Morning Worship
6:00 p.m. — Evening Worship
6:00 p.m. — Children’s Conference
6:45 p.m. — Ministry Partner Glimpses
7:20 p.m. — Dessert and Displays

(Nursery open 8:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m. and *6:00–7:30 p.m.)
*Nursery Reservations for evening events are required – briarwood.org/nursery

Monday, October 21
5:15 p.m. — Dinner
6:30 p.m. — Evening Worship
6:30 p.m. — Children’s Conference
7:10 p.m. — Ministry Partner Glimpses
7:50 p.m. — Dessert and Displays

(Nursery open *6:30–8:00 p.m.)
*Nursery Reservations are required