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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

 

 

Grants to help at-risk children in Louisville

Two grants awarded by Global Ministries will allow four United Methodist churches in Louisville to provide food, education assistance and psychological counseling to at-risk children.

“Does anybody outside this region care?” asks storm survivor; UMCOR answers the call

In Louisiana, communities hit by both Hurricanes Laura and Delta face a long recovery but are humbled by the outpouring of support from United Methodists across the country.

Application opens for Global Mission Fellows, US-2 track

The application for the 2021-23 cohort of young adults serving in social justice ministries in the United States opened Monday, Oct 12.

Burundi UMC celebrates milestones in reconciliation process

Two years into its formal reconciliation process, the Burundi UMC celebrates two major milestones: formal training for pastors and a reconstructed hospital preparing to provide health care in Kayero, ...

Reconciling relationships with nature

Rev. Tyler Sit, a Global Ministries EarthKeeper, shares the importance of connecting with the Earth and how leading a program that provides nature-based therapy in support of people of color is impact ...

World Communion Scholar puts the “social” in social science

Cleber Lizardo de Assis uses his advanced degrees in psychology to serve marginalized groups in his community.

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