Kemper Elected to Heifer International Board
Thomas Kemper, chief executive of the United Methodist Churches’ worldwide mission agency, has joined the 18-member board of directors of Heifer International, the 70-year old organization that provides livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to help families become more economically self-reliant.
Heifer, based in Little Rock, Arkansas, is currently working in 30 countries to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth.
Kemper is general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries, which has some 350 missionaries in 60 countries, including the United States, and projects and mission partners in another 60. The agency incorporates the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the denomination’s disaster relief and development unit. Global Ministries will celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2019.
“There is long history of collaboration between Heifer and United Methodist congregations and agencies.” Kemper said in accepting the invitation to join the Heifer board. “I look forward to a deepening relationship, and I am eager to learn more about Heifer’s innovative models of community and economic development.
“Faith-based organizations have expanding opportunities in the broad field of development and can be most productive when they work together.”
Pierre Ferrari, Heifer International’s president and chief executive officer, echoed Kemper’s sentiments in announcing his addition to the board. “The United Methodist Church has a long-standing history of programs that help serve the underserved and preserve dignity for people around the world. Thomas’ tenure with the church and his service in multiple areas will undoubtedly bring new depth to our board,” he said.
Kemper was elected to a three-year term on the Heifer board, comprised of persons from diverse backgrounds in the business, agriculture, academic, faith-based and private sectors.