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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

 

 

Missionaries represent many facets of God’s mission today Part 3

Katherine Parker, a missionary in Nepal, believes the work of the United Mission to Nepal serves as a positive model for participation in the missio Dei, the mission of God. Third in a Three-part seri ...

Moving forward as one: United Methodists in Burundi

Two years after announcing their intention to reconcile, United Methodists in Burundi prepare the way for growth, mission and service in a reunited church.

The Harris legacy – From Chicago to Manila

Meet Thomas Harris from the U.S. and Dr. Cristina Manabat from Harris Memorial College in the Philippines. What do they share in common? More than a name.

Eight new United Methodist missionaries celebrated and blessed

Eight missionaries will lend their gifts in service to God in places like El Salvador, Mongolia and South Africa.

Missionaries represent many facets of God’s mission today part 2

Kristi Painter, a Global Mission Fellow, US-2 track, from Georgia, describes her work with Arch Street UMC in Philadelphia and how her experience has shifted her perspectives on mission and what it me ...

Telling the Easter story of a crucified people in Sri Lanka

In the aftermath of the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka, Jerome Sahabandu, a Global Ministries theologian from Sri Lanka, describes reactions to the attacks among Christians and other faith groups ...

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