Normandie Ridge to Host Aging and Ministry Seminar

Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. will lead a public presentation and one-day seminar on effective ministry with older adults. The public presentation will be held from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 28 and the seminar will be held 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 29 at Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community, 1700 Normandie Drive.

The free public presentation, “Aging Faithfully”, will explore ways older adults can age in faith, as well as ways church leaders can help older adults age faithfully. The community, church leaders and older adults and their families are invited to participate. Seating is limited to 75.  RSVP required.

The seminar, “Exploring the Longevity Revolution: Aging and Ministry in the 21st Century”, will foster competencies necessary for effective ministry with older adults. Participants will learn to appreciate the unique challenges of aging, congregational vitality, and the process, myths and realities of aging. Needs of spiritual well-being, models of church ministries, planning of comprehensive ministry with older adults and the longevity revolution of the Boomer Generation will also be discussed.

Gentzler is the former director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the General Board of Discipleship of The United Methodist Church. He is an adjunct faculty member for the School of TransformAging at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn. Gentzler is a nationally recognized teacher, writer and leader in the field of aging and older adult ministries. He has written many books and hundreds of articles on aging concerns and ministry with midlife and older adults. Registration is limited to 40.

For more information or to receive registration information call 717-718-0930. Reserve seating for the free public presentation by April 26 and register for the seminar by April 15. Seminar cost is $35 per individual and includes refreshments and lunch. Following the seminar, Gentzler will be available to church leaders for private consultations to discuss specific questions or ideas. A limited number of 45-minute consultations will be available late afternoon and early evening and cost $100 per congregation.

The events are sponsored by the Chaplain Services Department of Normandie Ridge, Albright Care Services; J. J. Hartenstein Mortuary and the York District, Susquehanna Conference U.M.C. For more information about Albright Care Services, visit