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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

 

 

Missionaries represent many facets of God’s mission today part 2

Kristi Painter, a Global Mission Fellow, US-2 track, from Georgia, describes her work with Arch Street UMC in Philadelphia and how her experience has shifted her perspectives on mission and what it me ...

Telling the Easter story of a crucified people in Sri Lanka

In the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, Jerome Sahabandu, a Global Ministries theologian from Sri Lanka, describes reactions to the attacks among Christians and other faith groups ...

Global mission grants rehabilitate health facilities worldwide

Since 2017, more than $8 million has been given and 46 facilities have been renovated, increasing the standard of care in rural communities.

Seminary administrator to lead Global Ministries unit

Mary Lou Greenwood Boice will serve as interim executive director of Mission Engagement, the unit responsible for communications, marketing, fundraising and connectional relations.

“Thank You, God”: Christian Acquitted of Blasphemy in Pakistan Arrives in Canada

General secretary Thomas Kemper expresses gratitude for the safe passage of Asia Bibi.

Global Ministries awards study grants

One hundred six students from 31 countries will receive study grants totaling $585,817 for the 2019-20 academic year from Global Ministries.

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