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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 Ministries condemns bombings in Sri Lanka

Global Ministries condemns the acts of terror carried out in Sri Lanka on Easter day. We mourn with those who lost loved ones and are praying for those who were injured.

Earth Day and Easter: What Does Resurrection Mean for God’s Creation?

Projects supported by UMCOR are actively caring for the Earth and communities impacted by climate change.

Planting Seeds of Hope and Faith

David Makobo, an agricultural missionary in Senegal, navigates climate, gender stereotypes, Christian education and fishing without water all in a day’s work.

Bicentennial of Methodist mission – a time for connection and reflection

More than just a history lesson—the Bicentennial Conference created space for Christians from 30 countries to listen to each other’s viewpoints, reflect on their common history, and forge new paths to ...

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.

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