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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

 

 

Transforming the world in a rural cooperative ministry

Shirley Townsend-Jones, a Church and Community Worker missionary in South Carolina, works with a rural African American cooperative ministry. Her ministry pulls together people from nine churches to f ...

Participants reflect on disaster case management training

In March of 2020, UMCOR partnered with Highland Park UMC in Dallas, Texas to hold a three-day intensive, providing in-depth understanding of the foundations, principles and processes of disaster case ...

Sheltering in Love Grant Recipient: Intown Food Pantry

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave vulnerable communities hungry, Intown Collaborative Ministries in Atlanta, GA is using funds from UMCOR to ensure their food pantry is able to safely meet a ...

Sowing and harvesting in Hungarian Roma communities

Urs Schweizer shares a story from The United Methodist Church in Hungary, which has developed a backyard farming program with a few Roma communities who raise more nutritious food and some extra incom ...

Responding with love and compassion to serve neighbors in need

Like many places in the world, Vietnam is facing economic impacts from the novel coronavirus. The Vietnam Mission Initiative partnered with Global Ministries Asia Pacific Regional Office, Scranton Wom ...

Faithful UMC institutions stretch to serve communities

Among the recipients of the UMCOR Rapid Response COVID-19 grants are some of the United Methodist National Mission Institutions with long histories of service in their communities. Gum Moon Residence, ...

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