About the Author
Richard H. Gentzler Jr., DMin, is an Ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church and the Director of The Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries, General Board of Discipleship, Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to his experience as a parish pastor, Rick has been a college and seminary instructor, has served as a chaplain in various nursing homes and retirement communities and is presently an adjunct faculty member for Wesley Theological Seminary. He is the author of many books including Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century, Designing an Older Adult Ministry, Aging: Challenge to Church and Synagogue (with Donald Clingan), Forty-Sixty (with Craig Miller), and The Graying of the Church, and is Editor of Center Sage Newsletter for persons in ministry with midlife and older adults. He is recognized throughout The United Methodist Church as a key leader in aging and older adult ministries. He is a Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), the 2003 recipient of the National Interfaith Coalition on Aging (NICA) ""Spirituality and Aging"" award, and he produced the award winning video in 2006, New Beginnings: The Gifts of Aging.