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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. 

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

 

 

 

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Mary Lou Greenwood Boice, Executive Director of Mission Engagement

 

 

 

News and stories from Global Ministries

 

 

Growth through education

Missionary Ellyn Dubberly teaches at a Methodist school in El Salvador, where the school and the students who study there continue to grow.

Most mission and relief grant payments put on hold

Given the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on revenue sources and cash flow, Global Ministries and UMCOR have placed temporary holds on most grant payments.

Methodists in Mongolia envision the future

James and Grace Cho, missionaries with the Mongolia United Methodist Mission, offer an update on plans for how the 20-year-old mission initiative will transition from a mission to a self-governing fai ...

Keep Connected

The spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) around the world demands the attention of the global ecumenical community.

No travel? Not a problem for mission board

Across time zones, directors of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries made a virtual trip to Atlanta for their spring meeting.

“God’s Mission” and “Collaboration” Central: Themes in Mission Leader’s 10-Year Report

The theology of “Missio dei” (“God’s mission”) and the practice of collaboration are central themes in a final program report of the executive who has led The United Methodist Church’s worldwide missi ...

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