Richard H. Gentzler

Richard H. Gentzler

The Rev. Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. (Rick) is director of ENCORE Ministries, a ministry of the Golden Cross Foundation of the Tennessee Conference – United Methodist Church. He also serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee. As a much sought after speaker and teacher, Dr. Gentzler is an internationally recognized leader in the field of aging and older adult ministries. In 2013, he was selected by Governor Haslam to serve on the Governor’s Task Force on Aging for the state of Tennessee. He has written many books and hundreds of articles on aging and ministry and was a keynote presenter for the Fresh Horizon Conferences on Aging and Older Adult Ministries in Australia and New Zealand. He has been the recipient of several awards related to his work in aging, including the “Outstanding Leadership in Older Adult Ministries Award” from the United Methodist Committee on Older Adult Ministries and the “Spirituality and Aging Award” from the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and National Interfaith Coalition on Aging (NICA). He was also a presenter at the NGO Forum for the United Nations Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid, Spain. Dr. Gentzler’s latest book, An Age of Opportunity: Intentional Ministry By, With, and For Older Adults, was published by Discipleship Resources, Nashville, in May 2018.
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