2016 Spring Conference

Join the Mid-America Seminary community on Tuesday, March 22 as Dr. Derek Thomas presents a series of lectures on "The Problem of Pain." Derek W.H. Thomas, a native of Wales, is the Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Columbia, South Carolina. He is also the Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta). He previously served as the Chairman of the Theology Department at Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson) and the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Jackson, Mississippi.  He is also a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries and Dean of their Dmin. Program. 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 was ordained in the Evangelical Church of Ireland, and served Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church in Belfast for 17 years before moving to the United States. He has published more than twenty books and contributed to many others.

 He and his wife, Rosemary, have two grown children and two grandchildren, two dogs named Luther and Gracie Spangles, and a somewhat dysfunctional cat named Chloe.  He is passionate about classical music and opera.


The schedule for the lectures are as follows: 

Tuesday, March 22, @ 2:00 pm:
"Pain and the Problem of God: Theodicy and the Book of Job"

Tuesday, March 22, @ 3:30 pm: 
"Pain and the Problem of Jesus: Why did Jesus suffer?"

Tuesday, March 22, @ 5:00 pm:
"Pain and the Problem of Joy: Rejoicing in Tribulation"

The lectures will be held in 50 minute segments, with a 10 minute Q&A afterwards, leading into a half hour break before the subsequent lecture. 

This conference is free of charge and open to the public. For those who wish to attend but are unable to come to campus, click here to register to live-stream the class via the internet.