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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

 

 

Where have all the salmon gone?

When the salmon run fails in the northern Pacific, Alaska’s Chignik Native Americans lose more than just a season of work. An UMCOR partnership provides hope and food security for five coastal communi ...

A Call to Action for United Methodists in Response to the Plight of Migrants

The United Methodist Immigration Task Force calls upon Methodists across the connection to take action in support of migrants, immigrants and asylum seekers by praying, giving and writing our politica ...

EarthKeepers community garden grows with support from UMCOR’s Food Security Program

In Burien, Washington, a food security grant from UMCOR helped Highline UMC fulfill their dream of a community garden.

UMCOR supports an Alaskan Yu’pik community move with WASH projects

It takes a village, and a whole lot of partners, to move a village. An UMCOR grant provides WASH resources to help Newtok’s Yu’pik residents move to higher ground in Alaska.

In Focus: Sustainable Development

During the month of July, follow along as we share the importance and impact of UMCOR’s sustainable development work around the world.

Crossing language barriers for sanctuary in Charlottesville, Virginia

Wesley Memorial UMC in Charlottesville, Virginia, discovers that offering sanctuary is more than providing safe space – it’s about finding ways to cross barriers and create community.

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