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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

 

 

In Focus: Sustainable Development

During the month of July, follow along as we share the importance and impact of UMCOR’s sustainable development work around the world.

Crossing language barriers for sanctuary in Charlottesville, Virginia

Wesley Memorial UMC in Charlottesville, Virginia, discovers that offering sanctuary is more than providing safe space – it’s about finding ways to cross barriers and create community.

A Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering Children

Join in A Sunday of Solidarity for Suffering Children on June 30. On behalf of children suffering along the border and around the world, there are three things we can do to make an impact now.

Care for children of God!

Rev. Jack Amick, director of Global Migration, responds to news coming from the U.S.-Mexico border and offers ways in which you can help alleviate the suffering of migrant children and families.

Welcome the stranger: act boldly on World Refugee Day

General secretary Thomas Kemper urges United Methodists to not only remember, but respond, to the needs of the record 70.8 million displaced people in the world today.

Methodist Church of Brazil welcomes migrants: Shade and Fresh Water

From the Brazilian Methodist Church, a story of welcome and service with Venezuelan refugees arriving in Boa Vista, Brazil.

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