The Council on Aging (COA) of Middle Tennessee announced that the new president of its Board of
Directors is Rev. Dr. Richard Gentzler, Jr. COA’s mission is to address the unmet needs of older adults
and caregivers through information, advocacy and education, and by being a catalyst for comprehensive
Rev. Dr. Rick Gentzler is director of ENCORE Ministries, a ministry of the Golden Cross Foundation of the
Tennessee Conference. As a much sought-after speaker and teacher, 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 nearly a dozen books and hundreds of articles on aging and ministry and was a keynote
presenter for International 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 United Nations
Second World Assembly on Ageing in Madrid, Spain.