December 1-2, 2017
University Reformed Church, East Lansing, MI

Dr. Derek Thomas speaking

Heaven on Earth

Sponsoring churches: Covenant Life Community, East Lansing; Graham Church, Laingsburg; Holt Baptist Church, Holt; Red Cedar Church, Okemos; South Church, Lansing; University Reformed Church, East Lansing

Speaker Biographies

Derek W.H. Thomas, a native of Wales, is the Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Columbia, South Carolina. He is also a Chancellor’s Professor at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta) as well as a Teaching Fellow with Ligonier Ministries and Dean of their Dmin Program. 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. Dr. Thomas 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.

Conference Schedule

December 1st

Session 1 – 7:00 pm
Derek Thomas
Five Minutes after death… then what?

Session 2 – 8:30 pm
Conversation with Jason Helopoulos and Derek Thomas

December 2nd

7:45 am-8:45 am
Leader’s Breakfast

Session 3 – 9:00 am
Derek Thomas
New Heaven and New Earth

Break – 10:10 am

Session 4 – 10:30 am
Question and Answer with Jason Helopoulos and Derek Thomas

Session 5 – 11:30 am
Derek Thomas
The Weight of Glory

End at 12:30 pm

Conference Registration

$10 individual – HS/MS students free with parent
$5 student
$5 RSVP only Leader’s Breakfast
(as space permits)

You missed online pre-registration for express check-in but you are more than welcome to register at the door on Friday evening or Saturday morning.

Registration will be accepted at the door on Friday evening or Saturday morning ($10 cash/check made out to: University Reformed Church)

Mail registration and payment to:
University Reformed Church
841 Timberlane Street
East Lansing, MI 48823

2017 Conference Media

Session 1 – Five Minutes After Death… Then What?

Dr. Derek Thomas

Listen or  Download Session 1 MP3 audio


Session 2 – A Conversation with Jason Helopoulos and Derek Thomas

Dr. Derek Thomas and Jason Helopoulos

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Session 3 – New Heaven and New Earth

Dr. Derek Thomas

Listen or  Download Session 3 MP3 audio

Session 4 – Question and Answer

with Jason Helopoulos, Derek Thomas, Norm Dufrin, and Mike Hixson

Listen or  Download Session 4 MP3 audio

Session 5 – The Weight of Glory

Dr. Derek Thomas

Listen or  Download Session 5 MP3 audio

Sunday Morning – A Mansion to Look Forward to

Dr. Derek Thomas

Listen or  Download Sunday Morning MP3 audio


2016 Conference Media

Session 1
Fear of Man – Time to Get Lower
Ed Welch

Session 2
A Conversation with Kevin DeYoung and Ed Welch

Session 3
Shame – God Raises You Up
Ed Welch


Session 4
Bearing Shame and Scoffing Rude: How Christ Carried our Sin and Shame
Kevin DeYoung


Session 5
Question and Answer with Ed Welch and Kevin DeYoung


Session 6
Shame – Listening to a New Voice
Ed Welch


2015 Conference Media

Session 1
Work Because God is at Work in You – Philippians 2:12-13
Ligon Duncan

Session 2
A Conversation Between Kevin DeYoung and Ligon Duncan

Session 3
Kill or Die – Romans 8:12-13
Ligon Duncan

Session 4
Sanctification Struggles: What We All Agree On, and What We May Not Agree On
Kevin DeYoung

Session 5
The Marrow, Marshall, and Murray Oh My! How Reformed Theology has Wrestled with Sanctification in the Past
Ligon Duncan

Session 6
Question and Answer with Ligon Duncan and Kevin DeYoung