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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

 

 

Healing and hope in Nepal: Patan Academy of Health Sciences

Dr. Mark Zimmerman, a missionary doctor serving in Nepal, shares the story of one of his patients, a young woman who is still coping with the aftereffects of a 2015 earthquake that claimed most of her ...

Providing relief now and into the future

Lara Martin, executive director of the United Methodist Committee on Relief, shares her excitement to lead UMCOR’s work of alleviating suffering around the world.

Partners in relief for Venezuelan migrants

Because of the continuing political crisis, more than 4.6 million Venezuelans, or 16% of the country’s population, have migrated to other countries in South America. UMCOR partners with Methodist chur ...

Jubilee Water Project installs indoor plumbing in Tennessee mountain homes

Only about 34% of the homes in Hancock County, Tennessee, are connected to the municipal water system. Wells and mountain springs supply the rest. The United Methodist Jubilee Water Project seeks to e ...

UMCOR-trained volunteers working to help Tennessee recover

UMCOR began providing support to its local partners mere hours after the EF-4 tornado left a path of destruction across regions of the state on Monday, March 2.

Call for Prayer for Burkina Faso

Following another attack during worship in a church in Burkina Faso, general secretary Thomas Kemper joins other faith leaders in condemning such violence and issuing a call for prayer.

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