Global Ministries Names New Mission Executive
The Reverend Judy Y. Chung has been named associate general secretary for Missionary Services at the General Board of Global Ministries for The United Methodist Church. As the global mission agency for the denomination, its annual conferences, missionary conferences, and local congregations, Global Ministries has personnel, projects, and mission partners in more than 130 countries, including 276 missionaries serving around the world.
In this position, Chung will cast a vision for the missionary movement in the 21st century. She will administrate the work and training of United Methodist missionaries, equipping them to serve. She will also supervise staff in that program area and work closely with Global Ministries' Mission and Evangelism deputy general secretary.
Thomas Kemper, the agency's top executive, said, "Judy brings diverse gifts from the conference, local church, jurisdictional, and general church levels. Her global perspective, passion for ministry, and programmatic leadership will be a backbone of support for our missionaries who serve around the world."
Chung, who currently serves as the senior pastor at Placentia United Methodist Church in California, accepted the position with the approval of the appointment by Bishop Mary Ann Swenson and will begin work on July 1, 2011. She is familiar with the work of Global Ministries, having formerly served as executive secretary of Asian American and Pacific Islanders ministries.
Jorge Domingues, who leads the Mission and Evangelism unit of Global Ministries, said, "I worked with Judy when she was on staff at Global Ministries previously, and she brought vision and commitment for the mission of The United Methodist Church. I believe she will be a strong leader for the task of sending missionaries and individual volunteers from everywhere to everywhere as part of God's mission into the world."
An ordained elder in full connection in the California-Pacific Conference, Chung received a Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. She has served on a number of boards and caucuses, including most recently the Board of Congregational Development, the Korean-American Caucus, and the Call to Action Steering Committee.
Date posted: Jun 24, 2011