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About Us

The General Board of Global Ministries is the worldwide mission agency of The United Methodist Church. Founded in New York City in 1819, Global Ministries today supports more than 300 missionaries in 60 countries, including the United States. It has personnel, projects and partners in 136 countries. Learn more about Global Ministries by visiting UMCMission.org or follow Facebook.com/GlobalMinistries and Twitter.com/UMCMission.

Our Leadership

 

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. 

8x10_Headshot_Roland_Fernandes    Roland Fernandes, Chief Operating Officer/ General Treasurer  

 

 

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, Executive Director of Mission Engagement

 

 

 

News and stories from Global Ministries

 

 

Call for Prayer for Burkina Faso

Following another attack during worship in a church in Burkina Faso, general secretary Thomas Kemper joins other faith leaders in condemning such violence and issuing a call for prayer.

Remembering the Rev. Pablo Sosa: Author and advocate of Global Song

S T Kimbrough Jr., former director of Global Ministries’ Global Praise program, reflects on Sosa’s many contributions to United Methodism.

ReNew UMC in South Pasadena, California, celebrates one-year anniversary with support from the Korean Ministry Plan

Is it the historic location, the great preaching or the flexibility in programming that has attracted people of different races and cultures to this church in its first year? Pastor Sam Park says, “So ...

Healthy Youth USA

Charles Sharper and Kayla Toliver share about the Healthy Youth USA Foundation, promoting youth development through after school programming, sports, recreation and other activities. Through the provi ...

No longer a generation of anguish but a generation of hope

The United Methodist Health Board in Zambia joined local partners in Kitwe to organize and commemorate World AIDS Day 2019, “Communities making a difference, pressing toward ending AIDS.” The public c ...

Mission Board CEO will not stand for reelection

Thomas Kemper announces intention to not seek reelection to the executive post he assumed in 2010.

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