Global Ministries Leadership

Global Ministries - from everywhere to everywhere

General Secretary Thomas Kemper

Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of Global MinistriesThomas Kemper is the general secretary and top executive of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. He is responsible for personnel, projects and mission partnerships in more than 120 countries. 

A native of Germany, Kemper is the first person from outside the United States elected to lead a United Methodist agency.

 

Cabinet

The cabinet members lead program or administrative units and are appointed because of their special expertise. Individually, and as a whole, they also serve as advisers to Thomas Kemper. The cabinet makes operational decisions under authority granted by the agency’s board of directors as stipulated by the Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church. 

Portrait of Roland FernandezRoland Fernandes, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of UMCOR 

 

 

 

Judy Chung, Executive Director of Missionary ServiceRev. Judy Chung, Executive Director of Missionary Service

 

 

 

Rev. Amy Valdez Baker, Executive Director of Global Mission ConnectionsRev. Amy Valdez Barker, Executive Director of Global Mission Connections

 

 

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Mary Lou Greenwood Boice, Interim Executive Director of Mission Engagement

 

Board of Directors

Global Ministries’ Board of Directors is composed of 37 directors for the 2016–2020 quadrennium. The directors are charged with the following responsibilities:

  • Review, develop, and evaluate policies set by The Book of Discipline, the Board's bylaws, and the charter;
  • Approve and commission missionaries;
  • Develop program objectives and goals for the Board;
  • Provide for the administration of the work;
  • Fundraise for the Board;
  • Interpret the work of the Board;
  • Adopt a budget and monitor finances.

 


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