Press Kit

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

 

 

 

No Image

Mary Lou Greenwood Boice, Executive Director of Mission Engagement

 

 

 

News and stories from Global Ministries

 

 

Letter from a partner: Methodist Church of Peru

Read a word of thanks from Carmen of Casa de la Esperanza who works to welcome and care for Venezuelan migrant families in Lima.

Resource: Reflective poems on migration

To more deeply reflect on the topic of migration, listen to this set of poems written and narrated by the Rev. Jack Amick, director of Global Migration, UMCOR.

Missionary pilot continues lifesaving work

For nearly 20 years, missionary Rukang Chikob has served as a pilot for Wings of the Morning, an aviation ministry in South Congo.

Health facilities undergo renovations worldwide, like Shungu maternity clinic in DRC

A vital health facility for a rural community in Kamina, the Shungu maternity clinic now has running water for the first time since it opened its doors in 1969.

Learning through relationship

Watch as Allison Lindsey, board member from the South Georgia Annual Conference, recounts trips to the North Katanga Annual Conference and how lasting relationships centered in mission have been built ...

Mission is: Relationship

Relationship is at the heart of mission. Cultivating relationships across boundaries because of the good news God offers us in Christ is a foundational and sustaining part of our work as United Method ...

Global Ministries on Social Media