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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 or follow and

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.




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





Mary Lou Greenwood Boice, Executive Director of Mission Engagement




News and stories from Global Ministries



Louisiana should expect four-year recovery period, UMCOR says

Early assessments of the devastation caused by Hurricane Laura indicate the impacted region should expect to be in a state of recovery for a three to four year period.

Striving for justice in Central America

Cristian Schlick is a global missionary who works with migrants from Central America and Mexico in El Salvador. He was commissioned in June 2019 after serving for two years as a Global Mission Fellow, ...

Overcoming ethnic differences through education

In a country with a recent history of cultural and ethnic division, Missionaries Külli Tõniste and Douglas Childress discuss how their work at Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary in Tallinn, Estonia ...

Peace with justice for the Korean Peninsula

Missionaries working for peace in Korea discuss what they think it will take to bring peace and reconciliation to the Korean Peninsula.

Statement on the death of Bishop J. Woodrow Hearn

As a director of Global Ministries from 1984 to 1992 and president of the agency from 1988 to 1992, Hearn helped to shape mission witness and service in the last two decades of the 20th century.

Thomas Kemper reflects on time with Global Ministries

To mark his final day as general secretary and reflect on ten years in the role, Thomas Kemper looks back – and forward – and reminds us that mission is both global and local, and that we are stronger ...

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