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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

 

 

Global Health unit Staff change

United Methodist Global Ministries has named Dr. Graciela Salvador-Davila as interim director of Global Health programs following the recent departure of Dr. Olusimbo Ige.

Theological consultation on creation and the city of God inspires, mobilizes

32 participants recently came together at Global Ministries to explore how communities can build, use and manage their built environments to not only do no harm, but to do good.

Global Ministries to Celebrate 200 Years of Mission

Global Ministries to Celebrate 200 Years of Mission with Gathering Reflecting on Past and Focusing on Future of Methodist Mission United Methodist Agency Grows From Work in One State in 1819 to Person ...

In Focus | Bicentennial of Methodist Mission

In focus for the month of April is the Bicentennial of Methodist Mission, a celebration of Methodism’s 200 years of mission ministry and missionaries at work since the 1819 founding of the Missionary ...

Restoring homes and hearts in Florida

The story of the Smith family demonstrates how the Florida Conference, an UMCOR partner, helps hurricane survivors across the state with a comprehensive program of case management, reconstruction, and ...

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 ...

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