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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

 

 

COVID-19 fund helps fill the gaps

As grant requests continue to pour in from the U.S. and around the world, UMCOR has awarded $966,069 in grants in four weeks. Global Ministries has supplemented those funds, bringing the total amount ...

"We treat, but God heals": missionary couple serves hospital in Zimbabwe

Emmanuel and Florence Mefor from Nigeria serve as a doctor and midwife at Mutambara Mission Hospital, providing care for more than 140,000 people in the region.

Reaching and resourcing the whole community

In response to the current pandemic, UMCOR has launched virtual self-care trainings for U.S. disaster case managers.

A little hope saves lives

UMCOR partners with the National Council of Churches in India through its CASA program to bring much needed relief to farmers in Beed District, who face a decades-long drought and rising rates of suic ...

Healing Connections to Earth and Community

Rosie Snow, a Global Ministries EarthKeeper, shares the benefits of working with the Earth and how the development of a church garden is progressively leading her community towards healing.

Finding a Way: Food Security and Fellowship

Asti White, a Global Mission Fellow, discusses how his ministry in Michigan is addressing food injustice and how they've adapted their methods of fellowship amidst crisis.

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