First Presbyterian Church of Taos

We best serve Christ by loving all!


“The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture (Acts 6:1-6) is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress.” –PC(USA) Book of Order, G-2.0201

At First Presbyterian Church of Taos, deacons take the lead or spiritual and pastoral care in the church community. Each deacon keeps in touch with a designated “flock” of members and their immediate families, visits members who are ill or otherwise unable to participate in church life, and responds as resources are available to both the pastoral and practical needs of members of their flocks. Deacons also maintain the prayer list and prayer chain and share with elders the logistical responsibilities of preparing for worship.

“Elders…are persons with particular gifts to share in discernment of God’s Spirit and governance of God’s people…Ruling elders are so named not because of the ‘lord it over the congregation’ (Matt 20:25)_but because they are chosen by the congregation to discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God, and to strengthen and nurture its faith and life. Ruling elders, together with the pastor/teaching elder, exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and disciple, and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation as well as the whole church, including ecumenical relationships.” – PC(USA) Book of Order G-2.0301

At First Presbyterian Church, elders serve on a session, the governing body of the church. Each elder serving on session also chairs or co-chairs one or more of the church’s committees, and thus serves in leadership related to worship, mission, fellowship, education, property, finance, or personnel. Elders share with deacons the logistical responsibilities of preparing for worship.
Meet Our Elders and deacons
Joann Doolittle
As part of their retirement “adventure”, Joan and husband Dave moved from Northern California to Taos about 2 1/2 years ago.   Joan served for 32 years as a pastoral assistant and ministry director at a Presbyterian Church  in Yuba City, CA, and has a Master of Counseling, applied in marriage and family therapy, and certification in EMDR , a trauma therapy.  Joan’s family includes four sons, fourteen grandchildren and one adorable great grandson!  Her spare time is spent with family and friends, traveling, reading, learning to make quilts, and volunteering at the Taos Library. Joan is an ordained Deacon, currently serving as Moderator, and leads the FPC Women’s Bible Study.
Deacon 2017
Joan is an ordained Deacon, currently serving as Moderator, and leads the FPC Women’s Bible Study.
Margaret Mactavish

Deacon 2017 / Moderator
David Doolittle
After 37 years in  Northern California,  Dave and his wife, Joan,  relocated to Taos about 2 ½ years ago.  An Air Force veteran, Dave’s educational/post-grad and practical background is in microbiology/bacteriology, horticulture, and city government. His family includes four sons, fourteen grandchildren, and a great-grandson.  Now retired, Dave enjoys time with family, friends, gardening, reading, traveling, occasional stargazing and volunteering at the Taos Library.  Dave is an ordained elder, currently serving with the Mission and Buildings and Grounds committees.
Elder 2018
Dave is an ordained elder, currently serving with the Mission and Buildings and Grounds committees.
John has a bachelor degree in Accounting and a Masters in International Business from the College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. He worked for 3M in International and Sales & Marketing over a 25+ year career. He developed markets in over 50 countries and managed distributors selling health care software to hospitals and the country’s health ministry. He has spearheaded acquisition of a D.C. based consulting group that filled a gap in the company’s business model. Mr. Abeln worked for a South African startup firm and launched their business in several European countries.
John has been involved with Adult Religious Education since 1978, teaching classes and organizing the church’s annual Adult Ed curriculum. He loves exploring the church’s history, in particular how local culture and historical context helps gain biblical insights.

John Abeln
Elder 2018
Yolanda PAdilla

Elder 2017
Gary Wright
Elder 2017

Deacon 2017
Elder 2018

joniva cardenas
Deacon 2018 / Treasurer
Mark cardenas
Elder 2017
Gwen oliver
Deacon 2019

Elder 2019
patsy wright
Deacon 2019 / Secretary

Lorie weber
Deacon 2019
Elder 2017
First Presbyterian Church of Taos​
We best served Christ by loving all!