General Board of Global Ministries
Thomas Kemper is the top executive of the General Board of Global Ministries. From 1986-1994, he served as a missionary in Brazil before returning to his native Germany to lead ecumenical learning at the Lippische Landeskirche, a regional church of the Association of Protestant Churches. From 1998-2010 he served as mission leader for the United Methodist German Central Conference. Prior to his current role as General Secretary he was a member of the Global Ministries Board of Directors. He is married to Barbara Hüfner-Kemper and the father of three children: Ana, 20, Lena, 19, and Joshua, 15.
Thomas enjoys preaching and is becoming known here at Global Ministries for his good sense of humor. Those who come by the Office of the General Secretary find that his door is open and all are always warmly welcomed.
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Address to Global Ministries Directors
General Secretary’s Report
October 22, 2012
A Covenant of Hope in Mission
Welcome and Contextual Matters:
This is an historical meeting of the directors of the
General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, the
first session under a new governance plan wherein almost 30 percent of
you, the directors, are from Central Conferences. Also, it is the first
meeting with United Methodist Women as a separate but related
organization. We convene with a refocused strategic plan and a refined
management structure ready to implement the decisions and policies that
you forge for global mission in a time such as this. Our twice-yearly
meetings will by necessity be concentrated and convened with the
expectation that all of us, directors and staff, are equipped to engage
in the dialogue and action required to carry out our mission mandates.
We meet at a time of reassessment of structures
and relationships within our denomination, but at a door of great
potential, a time to be open to innovation and new forms of
collaboration on many fronts. We come together not only in faith but
also in hope. (read more)