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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

 

 

 

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Mary Lou Greenwood Boice, Executive Director of Mission Engagement

 

 

 

News and stories from Global Ministries

 

 

Creation care gets traction as priority

A growing amount of grassroots climate change work is being done by graduates of Global Ministries EarthKeepers training.

UMCOR disaster response through the lens of Hurricane Dorian

Throughout Hurricane Dorian’s movements, UMCOR coordinated with Conference Disaster Response Coordinators from United Methodist conferences along the Southeastern U.S. coast, monitoring their needs an ...

UMCOR starts efforts for Bahamas relief

As Hurricane Dorian continued to threaten the U.S. east coast, United Methodists were connecting with Methodists in the Bahamas to start relief efforts.

Healthy Youth USA in North Atlanta provides healthy scholarships with Global Ministries partnership

Healthy Youth USA, an afterschool and summer camp program in the North Atlanta area, used a Global Health grant to ensure that more children could access the care they needed while their parents were ...

Improved mobility, a gift that transforms lives

To reach people in remote places with devices that increase mobility and independent living, Global Health partners with a prosthetics workshop in Bo, Sierra Leone, and a Personal Energy Transportatio ...

Thirteen Global Mission Fellows begin service as US-2s

They join 50 recently commissioned international Global Mission Fellows, starting two-year assignments in social justice ministries around the world.

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