Rev. Dr. Fred Allen is the national director of SBC21 (Strengthening the Black Church for the 21st Century) where he assists predominantly Black congregations in becoming effective in mission and ministry by linking successful congregational resource centers with congregations in search of new ideas and revitalization. Dr. Allen is an ordained United Methodist Church (UMC) elder with more than 30 years’ experience as a senior pastor, administrator and church agency executive. He earned degrees from Tennessee State University, Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Mo. and Drew University School of Theology in Madison, N.J. Dr. Allen is married to Christine, a public school teacher, and is the father of four children.
Dr. Richard H. Gentzler, Jr. (Rick) is the director for ENCORE Ministries, a ministry of the Golden Cross Foundation of the United Methodist Church (UMC) Tennessee Conference. He is the former director of the Center on Aging and Older Adult Ministries for the General Board of Discipleship of the UMC. Dr. Gentzler is author of numerous books and articles on aging, midlife and older adult ministry. His latest book is Aging & Ministry in the 21st Century: An Inquiry Approach.
Senior Trip with Cheryl Rogers is a comedy and music show with a mission to entertain, encourage, and empower 55+ Boomers and beyond to feel valued, and to keep serving. Our motto is Gray matters!
Cheryl Rogers is a singer, composer, music producer and keyboardist who has been working in the music, entertainment and commercial recording industry for over 30 years. She is a five-time Gospel Music Association Dove award nominee and music producer on the Grammy award-winning “Tribute Project” by Andrae Crouch. She is also a 4-time Emmy award winner for various television music productions for programs and commercials. Her music has been played all over the world on radio, television and internet. Throughout her career, Cheryl has been known not only for her music talent, but also for her quick wit and sense of humor throughout all projects she contributed to.