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NEWS from The General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church 


International Missions Agency to Celebrate Dedication of New Atlanta Home
Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church’s Building Dedication Ceremony to Signal Move from New York to Atlanta
 
ATLANTA (October 20, 2016) – Local Atlanta officials and the international board of directors of The General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church will gather today to celebrate the completion of the agency’s new United States headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. From this site, the agency will direct operations for its personnel, projects and partners in a total of 136 countries.
 
Designed to inspire mission innovation and a culture of hospitality, the new home of the worldwide mission and development agency of The United Methodist Church will help promote Global Ministries' commitment to finding new ways to connect local and global approaches to mission, especially ministry with the poor.
 
The renovated facilities will accommodate up to 180 jobs based in Midtown. When all staff vacancies are filled, there will be 152 positions for Global Ministries and 28 for the agency’s United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) and Global Health teams.
 
“Global Ministries is excited by the opportunities presented by these new spaces for innovation and collaboration,” said Thomas Kemper, general secretary of the General Board of Global Ministries. “We are grateful for the warm welcome and look forward to deepening relationships with churches in Atlanta, and embarking on new partnerships with our neighbors and local communities.”
 
Who:               General Board of Global Ministries General Secretary Thomas Kemper
Members of the GBGM board of directors representing five continents
City of Atlanta government leaders
 
What:              Dedication ceremony for new headquarters of the General Board of Global Ministries
 
When:             Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 6 p.m.
Media tours can be conducted earlier in the day upon request.
 
Where:            Former campus of Grace United Methodist Church
458 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE
Atlanta, GA 30308
 
Why:               Located in New York City for almost 200 years, the move of the General Board of Global Ministries to Atlanta is being called a pivotal moment in the life of Global Ministries and the people with whom it serves.
·         With a programmatic scope encompassing the world’s major social and global health challenges, integrated with an international humanitarian aid organization providing relief from hunger and disasters, Global Ministries will bring a global perspective to its work in Atlanta and Georgia.
·         Other GBGM offices are located in Buenos Aires, where the Latin America regional office opened in April; and Seoul, Korea, where an Asian regional office is scheduled to open in March 2017. Plans for an Africa office are in development.
·         The North building, where office and meeting space are located, is currently registered with the U.S. Green Building Council and is designated for LEED certification. LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Building upgrades will include a significantly more energy efficient building with high-performance glass, added fresh-air systems, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, and a photovoltaic solar array. In addition to the energy features, the project will include recycled and low-emitting materials to improve indoor air quality.
 
The relocation to Atlanta was made possible in part by a $1.5 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation and a $500,000 grant from The William I.H. and Lula E. Pitts Foundation.
 
Local dignitaries and leaders of the General Board of Global Ministries will be available for interviews on the day of the ceremony. 
 
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About the General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church
 
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 340 missionaries in 60 countries, including the United States. It has personnel, projects and partners in a total of 136 countries. Learn more about Global Ministries by visiting www.umcmission.org or followwww.facebook.com/GlobalMinistries and www.Twitter.com/UMCmission.