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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. 

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, Executive Director of Mission Engagement

 

 

 

News and stories from Global Ministries

 

 

UMCOR partners with a community in the Philippines in the face of landslides and relocation

The community of Tamac in the Philippines partners with UMCOR through the Baguio Episcopal Area Disaster Management Office to shore up needed water sources after typhoons and a landslide destroy homes ...

Global Ministries stands with persecuted Philippines’ ecumenical council

As it withstands yet another attempt to discredit its prophetic witness by the Philippines Department of National Defense, General secretary Thomas Kemper states that Global Ministries stands in solid ...

Global Ministries and The Upper Room announce restructure of Buenos Aires regional office

Nearing the end of a three-year pilot plan, both agencies will make adjustments in their operations while remaining committed to continuing their presence in the region.

Implementing class meetings in Honduras

Methodists who live in Honduras revive the Wesleyan class meeting tradition to help members discern how to be the church in mission, even in the most challenging of contexts.

Church and Community Workers biennial gathering focuses on immigration and substance abuse ministries

United Methodist Church and Community Workers gather in California for their biennial meeting to celebrate and reconnect with their colleagues for mutual support and professional networking.

Church and Community Worker Janet Lynne Horman is on a mission to help migrants

Striving to embody the church in her own community, missionary and attorney Janet Horman directs Florida Justice For Our Neighbors and provides free legal services to migrants in the U.S.

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