Thomas Kemper is the general secretary and top executive of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church, responsible for personnel, projects and mission partnerships in more than 130 countries.
A native of Germany, Kemper is the first person from outside the United States elected to lead a United Methodist agency. Prior to his position as general secretary, he was mission leader for the German Central Conference of the United Methodist Church and was Director of Ecumenical Learning at the Lippische Landeskirche, a regional church of the Association of Protestant Churches in Germany.
Kemper spent 8 years in Brazil as a missionary from 1986 to 1994, where he taught in the Brazilian Theological Seminary in Sao Paulo and engaged in ministry with the poor and new church development.
He is married to Barbara Hüfner-Kemper and the father of three children: Ana, 26, Lena, 25, and Joshua, 20.