Dr. Gentzler presents a session at Energizing Elderhood at Des Moines UMC in 2010.
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Gentzler retiring as Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries Director
By The General Board of Discipleship

Dr. Richard H. Gentzler Jr., who has served as director of Center on Aging & Older Adult Ministries at The General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) for 13 years, is retiring effective July 1.

Gentzler, who began his ministry 38 years ago serving as pastor of United Methodist Churches in Pennsylvania and Maryland, has been involved in adult ministries for a total of 22 years at GBOD.

“My life has truly been blessed by the opportunity that I have had, not only to be in ministry these nearly 40 years, but to be a part of The General Board of Discipleship as a staff member,” Gentzler said. “These 22 years, in particular, where I could emphasize my calling and my passion in older adult ministries and the whole field of gerontology, have just been a blessing.”

MaryJane Pierce Norton, Associate General Secretary of the Discipleship Ministries Division at GBOD, said the agency will miss Gentzler’s gifts and graces as a staff member.

“Rick possesses the heart of a pastor in care evidenced for those he has served, the passion of an evangelist in his support and advocacy for older adults, the skill of a Christian educator in his teaching and leading, and the spirit of a committed Christian in love of God and love of neighbor,” Norton said. “We rejoice with him in his retirement.”

Dr. Richard Gentzler at Energizing Elderhood in Des Moines, Wash.
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