Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas

Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology

  • Theology and Philosophy | Faculty | Atlanta

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University College of Wales, B.S.
Reformed Theological Seminary, M.Div.
University of Wales, Ph.D.


Originally from Wales, Derek Thomas is the Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at RTS Atlanta and Minister of Preaching and Teaching at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina. After pastoring for 17 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Dr. Thomas returned to the USA in 1996 where, in addition to his service to the Jackson campus as the John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, he served as the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson until 2011. In addition to serving in the pastorate, Derek has served as editor of the Evangelical Presbyterian, a monthly denominational magazine. A graduate of RTS in 1978, he gained a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Lampeter in Calvin's preaching on the book of Job. He has written or edited 15 books and has contributed to commentary series by Banner of Truth and Evangelical Press. In 2004, Derek Thomas became Editorial Director for The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals and the editor of its ezine, Reformation 21 (www.reformation21.org ). His interests include the music of Richard Wagner, Anton Bruckner, and Gustav Mahler, and he has a passion for good coffee and blue cheese! He has been married to his wife, Rosemary, for more than 30 years. They have two adult children, Ellen and Owen, two grandchildren, a dog called Jake and a cat (with feline attitude)-Maxamillian Beauregard!

Listen to a Fall 2005 Chapel Message by Dr. Thomas on Romans 11:33-36.


  • Commentary on Acts, P&R Publishing, 2011
  • How the Gospel Brings Us All the Way Home, Reformation Trust, 2011
  • Voyage of Discovery, Evangelical Press, 2011
  • Feed My Sheep: A Passionate Plea for Preaching, Reformation Trust, 2008.
  • Let's Study Galatians, Banner of Truth, 2004. 
  • Calvin's Teaching on Job, Christian Focus Publishing, 2004. 
  • Let's Study Revelation, Banner of Truth, 2003.
  • Give Praise to God:  A Vision for Reforming Worship : Celebrating the Legacy of James Montgomery Boice, P&R Publishing, 2003. 
  • Mining for Wisdom: A Twenty-Eight-Day Devotional Based on the Book of Job, Evangelical Press, 2003. 
  • Making the Most of Your Devotional Life, Evangelical Press, 2002.
  • Praying the Saviour's Way:  Let Jesus' Prayer Reshape Your Prayer Life, Christian Focus Publications, 2001.
  • Taken Up to Heaven, Evangelical Press, 1997. 
  • The Essential Commentaries for a Preacher's Library, Academic Press, 1996.
  • The Storm Breaks: Job Simply Explained, Evangelical Press, 1995.
  • Serving the King, Evangelical Press, 1993.
  • God Delivers:  Isaiah Simply Explained, Evangelical Press, 1993.
  • God Strengthens:  Ezekial Simply Explained, Evangelical Press, 1993.
  • Help for Hurting Christians, Evangelical Press, 1991.

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