United Methodist Committee on Relief

United Methodist Pastor Selected to Lead Denomination’s International Disaster Response

June 4, 2013 – The Reverend Jack Amick of the Detroit Annual (regional) Conference has been hired to lead The United Methodist Church’s international disaster-response efforts through the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) beginning July 1.

Thomas Kemper, chief executive of the church’s General Board of Global Ministries, said, “I am so glad Jack is joining us. His unique experience comes both from outside the church context on the international level and from inside the church as a pastor of an urban congregation in the United States. He has lived out his heart for mission from a truly ‘glocal’ perspective.”

As UMCOR’s assistant general secretary for International Disaster Response, Amick will strengthen relationships with United Methodist central conferences and bishops as well as with global relief and development partners. He will manage UMCOR’s actions in the wake of natural or human-caused disasters in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, coordinating with the leadership in affected areas. He succeeds Melissa Crutchfield in the position. Crutchfield is now UMCOR’s Associate General Secretary for International Development.

Prior to being ordained as a United Methodist elder, Amick served as vice-consul for economic affairs at the Mumbai Consulate in India. He has led the response to disasters in different contexts, including managing disaster damage assessments and family services with the American Red Cross. In his role with the US Peace Corps, Amick designed crisis responses to flooding in Central Europe and post-war recovery in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In 1985, he volunteered for one year as director of Christian education for the seven Methodist churches in the Caribbean nation of Grenada. While there, he helped to host several short-term VIM teams. In the years since leaving Grenada, he has been part of VIM teams that responded to needs in Grenada and Liberia as well as in the United States.

“I am delighted to be able to apply the cross-cultural experiences with which I have been blessed to this vital ministry,” Amick said. “I am humbled and honored to be part of the UMCOR leadership team.”

Amick has a Bachelor of Arts degree in international service and economics from The American University in Washington, DC, a Master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona, and a Masters of Divinity from the Boston University School of Theology.  

The General Board of Global Ministries is the global mission agency of The United Methodist Church. It has personnel, projects, and partners in 136 countries and includes UMCOR and the Advance for Christ and His Church, the denomination's designated mission giving channel. UMCOR is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to alleviating human suffering; its work reaches people in more than 80 countries, including the United States. UMCOR provides humanitarian relief when war, conflict, or natural disaster disrupt life to such an extent that communities are unable to recover on their own.

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