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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

 

 

 

 

 

 

News and stories from Global Ministries

 

 

Hope on the border

Witnessing events along the U.S. – Mexico border, the Rev. Jack Amick, director of Global Migration for Global Ministries, saw sadness and heartache, but he also saw signs of hope in the response of U ...

Envisioning new scenes: trauma rehabilitation offers hope in Iraq

With the help of a grant from the United Methodist Committee on Relief, hundreds of women and men receive psychosocial support to recover from their experiences of violent conflict and displacement fr ...

Church mobilizes to help cyclone survivors

In the wake of Cyclone Idai three annual conferences in Mozambique are working to support survivors.

UMCOR – Who is my neighbor?

The United Methodist Committee on Relief has answered God’s call to be a neighbor for nearly 80 years.

In Focus: UMCOR

The work of UMCOR is in focus for the month of March. Executive director Roland Fernandes writes of UMCOR’s reach in alleviating suffering around the world.

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