Leaders of the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) have chosen to make permanent an interim arrangement in which two top Global Ministries' officers serve as co-executive directors of UMCOR. Thomas Kemper, general secretary of Global Ministries, and Roland Fernandes, chief operating officer of Global Ministries, have served in these operational capacities for some time and have now been named as co-executive directors of UMCOR. The appointments have been affirmed by the UMCOR board of directors.

Bishop Jung, who also serves as president of the Global Ministries board said, “The members of the Global Ministries board of directors join me in thanking Thomas and Roland for accepting this appointment with UMCOR, while continuing to serve in their other capacities. We know that under their careful stewardship, UMCOR will continue to have the same impact it has had on the world as it has for the past 78 years.”

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