Intentional Older Adult Ministry Network (IOAM Network)

The Intentional Older Adult Ministry Network is a network of faith communities learning, supporting and equipping one another to enhance the spiritual, physical, mental health, and whole person of older adults in Middle Tennessee.  All church leaders (both clergy and laity) who are interested in the well-being of older adults are invited to participate in the Intentional Older Adult Ministry Network.  There is no cost for membership.

Network gatherings are held the 1st Thursday of each month at Lipscomb University from 9:30 am – 11:300 am.  Meetings begin with a brief devotion followed by an hour presentation on a topic of relevance and importance to older adult ministry.  The last 45 minutes of each meeting is an opportunity for network members to engage in conversation about particular events or activities happening in the life of their church.

If you would like more information about the Intentional Older Adult Ministry Network or if you would like to become a member, please contact Dr. Richard Gentzler at

IOAM Network Schedule for 2016:

Date Program Presenter Devotions Lipsomb Univ. Location
January 7 Carol Orsborn
Spirituality & Aging
Jackie Halstead Room 363, Ezell Center
February 4 JoAnn Scalf – NPT
Healthy Aging
Eunice Gerth Room 363, Ezell Center
March 3 Monty Burks
Mental Health
Terry Booker Room 363, Ezell Center
April 7 Ed Cole
Senior Transportation
Rev. Dr. Joel Emerson Room 363, Ezell Center
May 5 Diana Sullivan
New American Villages
Darlene Kemp Room 242, Swang Center
June 2 Wendell Sealy
Global Accord USA
Helen Derryberry Room 242, Swang Center
July No Meeting
August 4 Beverly Patnaik
Abe’s Garden
Room 363, Ezell Center
Sept 1 Amy Lyles Wilson
Pilgrim Writers
Room 363, Ezell Center
Oct 6 JoAnn Scalf & Will Pedigo
WNPT:  Alzheimer’s disease & Dementia
Bob Schricker Room 301, Ezell Center
Nov 3 Turney Stevens
Being Mortal
Rev. Dr. Joel Emerson Room 363, Ezell Center
Dec. 1 Mary Hance
(Miss Cheap)
Room 363, Ezell Center

Officers: Chair – Richard H. Gentzler, Jr.    Vice-Chair – Beverly Patnaik
Planning Team: – Robyn Arab, Helen Derryberry, Rus Roach
Leadership Team: James Vandiver, Terry Booker, Helen Derryberry, Joel Emerson, Bob Schricker