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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

News and stories from Global Ministries

 

 

The breadth of mission

Dr. David Scott, director of Mission Theology for Global Ministries, delves into some of the riches of the bicentennial website.

May all who follow find us faithful

Missionary kids sometimes become missionaries themselves, making mission service a family journey that spans generations. Dr. Les and Debbie Dornon tell their family’s story

Through training in the Philippines, Africans enhance C-section skills

United Methodist-related Mary Johnston Hospital staff share expertise with doctors, nurses from Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.

Global Ministries condemns bombings in Sri Lanka

Global Ministries condemns the acts of terror carried out in Sri Lanka on Easter day. We mourn with those who lost loved ones and are praying for those who were injured.

Earth Day and Easter: What Does Resurrection Mean for God’s Creation?

Projects supported by UMCOR are actively caring for the Earth and communities impacted by climate change.

Planting Seeds of Hope and Faith

David Makobo, an agricultural missionary in Senegal, navigates climate, gender stereotypes, Christian education and fishing without water all in a day’s work.

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