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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

 

 

The impact of UMCOR kits in 2019

Have you ever helped to pack an UMCOR hygiene, cleaning or school kit? Check out just how many kits were made, where they went, and the difference you helped to make across the United States.

Mission is: Relief

During the month of March, explore stories that show relief in action through the ministries and initiatives of Global Ministries. From a response to earthquakes in Puerto Rico to offering welcome and ...

The forlorn hope

Growing out of UMCOR's commitment to supporting displaced populations, National Justice for Our Neighbors (NJFON) advocates for the rights of refugees and immigrants, like working to reunite a Rohingy ...

Honoring Christ’s life in mission with migrants

Missionaries Richard and Alma Navarro invite readers to share in “Tahanan” ministry, their work of care and accompaniment for Filipino migrant workers in Taiwan.

Mission for Migrant Workers

As the number of cases of unfair treatment of migrants workers in Hong Kong, S.A.R. continues to rise, MFMW steps in to provide much needed resources

Offering relief and hope in Hancock County

Learn more about the mission and programs of The Jubilee Project in the Holston Conference.

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