The Rev. Amy Valdez Barker, Executive Director, Global Mission Connections
The Rev. Amy Valdez Baker is executive director of Global Mission Connections at the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church, a role that puts her in touch with conferences and congregations throughout the worldwide network of United Methodist and ecumenical mission partnerships. She is an ordained deacon in the North Georgia Annual Conference and a graduate of the University of Iowa in communication studies and holds both master’s and doctoral degrees from Garrett Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, Illinois. Before joining Global Ministries, Amy was the top executive of the Connectional Table. She is interested in how churches deal with trust issues both internally and with their communities and recently completed a book on the subject, "Trust by Design: The Beautiful Behaviors of an Effective Church Culture" (Abington Press). She and her husband, Rich, and their two children live in Lilburn, Georgia.