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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

 

 

Roland Fernandes to lead Global Ministries

A layman originally from India, Fernandes has been elected to serve as the next general secretary of Global Ministries by the agency’s directors.

COVID-19: Impact on agency gatherings, support extended to staff and missionaries

In light of the rapid spread of the coronavirus, steps have been taken to ensure the safety of Global Ministries staff, missionaries, and partners in mission, as well as the Board of Directors for the ...

Coronavirus (COVID-19): United Methodist updates and resources

Tips for preparation and response for your faith community.

Adjusting to coronavirus threat

From local congregations to general agencies, United Methodists in the U.S. and around the world are taking significant precautions in light of the spread of coronavirus.

Recurring floods in Bangladesh addressed through an UMCOR – Muslim Aid/UK partnership

UMCOR partners with Muslim Aid/UK in Bangladesh to strengthen the resiliency of communities that face annual flooding.

Methodist Church of Puerto Rico brings hope to those impacted by earthquake swarm

With more than 950 earthquakes and aftershocks recorded and more than 800 homes damaged since December 2019, the Methodist Church of Puerto Rico (MPCR) and its social holiness agency, Rebuilding Commu ...

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