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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



Farewell messages for Thomas Kemper

As Thomas Kemper completes his tenure as General Secretary, members of the United Methodist family from around the world share their appreciation, well wishes and bid him a grateful farewell for his m ...

Global Mission Fellows to serve in United States blessed in virtual service

Joining as one in spirit despite being physically separated due to the pandemic, seven GMFs on the US-2 track were blessed for ministry during a virtual service on August 26.

Multicultural church’s history inspires support for immigrants

Decades of support and funding from Global Ministries’ Community Developers Program has helped Buena Vista UMC increase outreach within its community.

Creative community engagement

Global Mission Fellow Warren Alfeche explores new settings and outlets for ministry in Northern Ireland.

In Hurricane Harvey’s wake, a long path to recovery

This spring, UMCOR and its partners concluded their work in response to the 2017 hurricane’s destruction in Texas and built community in more ways than one.

Global Ministries remembers Bishop John Yambasu

Leaders of the agency and its board of directors recall the influence Bishop Yambasu had on the church as a whole and specifically within the work of mission.

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