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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 or follow and

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.




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





Mary Lou Greenwood Boice, Executive Director of Mission Engagement




News and stories from Global Ministries



The Christian call for peacemaking

Deinah Lorpu Quire, a Global Mission Fellow from Liberia, has been on a peace pilgrimage her whole life. From Liberia, to Sri Lanka, to the border between the two Koreas, Quire has listened to sorrow, ...

Lessons from missionaries on staying connected Lesson 3

Dr. David Scott examines what we can learn from missionaries amid the coronavirus restrictions. Missionaries have long experience in putting love into action in unfamiliar settings. In this third and ...

From darkness to light: transformation

The Rev. Dr. Richard Boone, Church and Community Worker missionary with the West Ohio Conference, tells the story of how an inmate experiences transformation through the Horizon Prison Initiative.

How Gandhi inspired Methodist peacemakers

Mohandas K. Gandhi, who was neither Methodist nor Christian, inspired generations of Methodist and United Methodist missionaries seeking nonviolent ways to work for peace and change the balance of pow ...

Peace in the midst of pandemic

Vicki McCuistion reflects on the work of UMCOR in the Rio Texas Conference and how her training as a disaster recovery asset manager prepared her to navigate a different kind of disaster: the coronavi ...

Global Ministries and UMCOR lift hold on payments of approved grants

The temporary hold placed on approved grants in March has been lifted, allowing more than $29 million to be released over the remaining months of the year.

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