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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. 

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

 

 

 

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Mary Lou Greenwood Boice, Executive Director of Mission Engagement

 

 

 

News and stories from Global Ministries

 

 

Witnesses for peace in Ukraine

Even while following strict COVID-19 quarantine orders in Ukraine, United Methodists pray for peace and resolution to the ongoing armed conflict in eastern Ukraine. Missionary John Calhoun has the sto ...

UMCOR reaches Syrian refugees in scattered communities

UMCOR’s work with Syrian and other refugees who have fled to Lebanon and Jordan engages with four partners to provide counseling, rent assistance, clearing of landmines, medical assistance and other n ...

UMCOR expands efforts against the coronavirus; launches giving campaign and COVID-19 Response Fund

Through the COVID-19 Response Fund, UMCOR plans to release grants to equip partners who assist vulnerable populations in the U.S. and around the world impacted by COVID-19.

Honor 50th anniversary of Earth Day by joining Creation Care Network

Connect with leaders in creation care to share ideas, resources and support for environmental ministries.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): United Methodist updates and resources

Tips for preparation and response for your faith community.

Global Mission During a Pandemic: Conversations with General Secretary Thomas Kemper

Join Thomas Kemper, general secretary of Global Ministries, as he begins a series of conversations that highlight global mission during a pandemic.

Global Ministries on Social Media