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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

 

 

General Secretaries Table: Statement on Racism

The General Secretaries write to express anger, pain and determination to make change in their spheres of influence and to support the church in the urgent and ongoing work to eliminate racism.

Coming together for health in Zimbabwe

The UMC Health Board in Zimbabwe makes the most of its resources by collaborating with other faith-based organizations. Zimbabwe’s UMC Health Coordinator, Hannah Mafunda, chooses to walk with Catholic ...

UMCOR and Church of the Brethren partnership puts kids first

When the Red Cross opens a shelter after disaster strikes a community, one of the first teams called in to lend support is the Children’s Disaster Services, a ministry of the Church of the Brethren. U ...

Standing against racial injustice: Global Ministries offers grants through the United Methodist Voluntary Services program

Global Ministries is offering grants to annual conferences to stand in solidarity with those who are voicing their opposition to racial injustice, as well as stand in the gap for communities that have ...

Lamentation and Bitter Weeping

Bishop Hee-Soo Jung, president of the board of Global Ministries, grieves over the unjust deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and challenges disciples of Jesus Christ to step forth in action.

Partners in health and healing: conferences come together for DRC hospital upgrades

Through their relationship in mission, the North Texas, West Ohio and North Katanga annual conferences celebrate vital upgrades to Lupandilo Hospital in Kamina.

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