Press Release: Randolph begins work as GBOD’s Director of Aging and Older Ministries Dec. 1


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Randolph Begins Work as GBOD’s Director of Aging and Older Ministries Dec. 1

NASHVILLE, Tenn. Nov. 20, 2013 /GBOD/ – The Rev. Dr. William B. Randolph, former chaplain at a senior living community in Pennsylvania, will become Director of Aging and Older Adult Ministries at the General Board of Discipleship (GBOD) on Dec. 1.

MaryJane Pierce Norton, Associate General Secretary for Leadership Ministries at GBOD, said Randolph will assume the position formerly held by Richard H. Gentzler Jr., who retired on June 30 after serving as director for 13 years.

“The United Methodist Church believes in lifelong ministry, and our commitment to making disciples doesn’t stop as people age,” Norton said. Dr. Randolph will be working with annual conference leaders and leaders in congregations to identify the needs of older adults, advocate for older adults and identify ways older adults come to faith and deepen their faith throughout their days.”

Randolph, who served as chaplain at Redstone Highlands Senior Living Community in Greensburg, Pa., for more than four years, is an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church and a member of the Western North Carolina Annual Conference.

A former church pastor and hospice chaplain, Randolph said he looks forward to helping clergy develop their older adult ministries and helping people deal with the aging process.

“Aging is a lifetime process, and that’s something that a lot of people don’t really think about until they wake up one day and discover that they are getting older,” he said. “…I want to help people see aging as growing and gaining, and growing closer to God.”

Randolph is a graduate of Duke University with degrees in religion and political science. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology and his Doctor of Ministry in Aging & Spirituality degree from United Theological Seminary.

GBOD’s mission is to support annual conference and local church leaders for their task of equipping world-changing disciples. An agency of The United Methodist Church, GBOD is located at 1908 Grand Ave. in Nashville, Tenn. Visit for more information or call the Communications Office at (877) 899-2780, Ext. 1726.

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Congratulatioins on your new appointment to Older Adult Ministries. I am the Chaplain at Wesley Health Care Center in Saratoga Springs, NY and a member of the Committees on Ministries with Older Adults in the Upper NY Annnual Conference. We look forward to your leadership, and to working with you over t he years.

Rev. Dr. Alan C. Rhodes, Chaplain

Wesley Health Care Center

Saratoga Springs, NY

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