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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

 

 

National Plan for Hispanic/Latino Ministry announces departure of the Rev. Francisco Cañas in June 2020 and search for new director

Having served in his current role for 13 years, Cañas will step down from his staff position as national director and the NPHLM Committee will conduct a national search for a new director next year.

The joy in following God’s purpose

Devotional by Young Seon Kim | Second week of Advent

Joy in Jesus

Devotional by Clara M. Biswas | Second week of Advent

Love breaks through all barriers

Devotional by Joe Edward Pormai | First week of Advent

Witness to God’s love in the world

Devotional by Rev. John Calhoun | First week of Advent

World AIDS Day: Communities make the difference

Through the Abundant Health Initiative, communities in places like Zimbabwe and the Philippines are making a difference for people living with HIV and AIDS.

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