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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

 

 

Two mission initiatives to join Côte d’Ivoire

A delegation from Global Ministries met with two mission initiatives — in Senegal and Cameroon — and announced these initiatives will become districts attached to the Côte d'Ivoire Conference.

Dialoguing in love: Facilitators trained to guide the church through difficult conversations

Cohosted by Global Ministries, the General Commission on Religion and Race, and Candler School of Theology, the November 2019 “Facilitating Mutuality: Dialogue Across Differences” conference equipped ...

In Mission Together program creates transformative, international partnerships

Learn more about how Global Ministries facilitates mission partnerships with churches and missionaries around the world.

Trip to farms and villages brings new understanding

Missionary Lorraine Charinda describes the obstacles she’s overcome and the lessons she’s learned on a journey to visit communities and institutions in the North Katanga area, all part of evaluating t ...

Global Mission Fellows engage, connect and grow alongside local communities

Learn more about the two-year GMF program, including its core values and application requirements and process.

Walls, borders and open tables – Global Mission Fellows in Tijuana, Mexico

Working as migration ministry advocates on Mexico’s northern border with the U.S., Yabes Manokaran and Eric Agron hear the stories – family stories, political stories, religious stories – dangerous an ...

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