From the Director

About Dr. Richard Gentzler

Rick-Formal-Photo-100Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. (Rick) is the director for ENCORE Ministries, a ministry of the Golden Cross Foundation of the Tennessee Conference – UMC.  He is recently retired from the Susquehanna Annual Conference and is the former director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church.

The Coronavirus, the Elderly, and the Church

With increasing numbers of cases of coronavirus and the vulnerability of many, especially among the elderly and young children, it behooves church leaders to rethink how we worship and gather together and to begin cultivating community in creative ways.

Why Older Adult Ministry?

I want to briefly explore eight reasons why our denomination and local congregations should be intentional in ministries by, with, and for older adults.

ENCORE Ministry District Team Leaders

A new network of leaders in older adult ministries in the Tennessee Conference has been formed by ENCORE Ministry called ENCORE Ministry District Team Leaders.