First Presbyterian Church of Taos

We best serve Christ by loving all!

Our Pastor
Rev. Virginia Bairby
 Pastor Virginia (Ginna) Bairby is excited to serve as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Taos. Describing her call to Taos, Ginna writes, “I was looking for a congregation ready to do the difficult work of discerning what it means to be the church in a post-Christendom world. I look forward to shepherding First Presbyterian Church of Taos as it discovers its place in twenty-first century Christianity, holding the substance of our faith tightly, but its forms and particularities lightly.”

“I am thrilled to have been called to a congregation eager to participate in God’s work of love, justice, and reconciliation and embody the community of God’s Kingdom, knowing we can only ever do so imperfectly.”

Pastor Ginna graduated Summa Cum Laude from the  College of William and Mary in 2009, and she received her Master of Divinity from Union Presbyterian Seminary in 2013, where she received the prestigious Faculty Fellowship for Graduate Study.

Following Graduation from Union Presbyterian Seminary, Ginna was called to the PC(USA) national offices in Louisville as Managing Editor of “Unbound” and Associate for Young Adult Social Witness. “Unbound” is an award-winning online social justice journal with an average yearly readership of 30,000 to 40,000 readers. During her tenure as editor, “Unbound” won 21 awards from the Associated Church Press, twice winning the Second Place Best in Class Award for the independent website.

As Associate for Young Adult Social Witness, Ginna’s work included leading and facilitating workshops, conversations, and training events related to the social justice ministries of the PC(USA), with a focus on young adults. Between her time at William and Mary and Union Presbyterian Seminary, Ginna served for one year as a PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer in Lima, Peru, where her responsibilities included working with children ages 4 to 18 at a Compassion International after-school program and translating for a Peru-based fair-trade program called Bridge of Hope.  She is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Ginna has been a featured speaker and organizer at events across the country and presented workshops on Peacemaking, Faith-Based Advocacy, the Church in the 21st Century, and Childhood Education. She has served internships as a hospital Chaplain at the University of Virginia Health System and as Student Pastor at Rennie Memorial Presbyterian Church in Amelia, Virginia. In 2011, Ginna served as a Fellow for International Issues with the PC(USA) Office of Public Witness, Washington, DC where she served the national office of the PC(USA) in a set of integral collaboration with ecumenical and interfaith partners and other non-profits, both faith-based and secular.

Ginna is grateful for the friendliness of both First Presbyterian Church and the Taos community as she makes her home here. She enjoys the life and culture of Taos, particularly the local music scene. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and taking in the beauty of Northern New Mexico. Ginna and her husband Andy have no children, but Ginna says that their cat “is more than willing to fill that role for the time being”.

Reflecting on what the future may hold for First Presbyterian Church, Ginna says, “I believe this is a time when the Church in all places is being called to risk failure for faithfulness. Trying new ways of being the church always comes with the possibility of loss – emotional, financial, and otherwise. But we are Resurrection people, which means that we at First Presbyterian, fully aware of these possibilities of loss and failure, are willing and ready to step forward in faith.”

First Presbyterian Church of Taos​
We best served Christ by loving all!