Roland Fernandes has been a CWS board member for many years, but he finished serving on the board when he became the General Secretary (chief executive) of Global Ministries and the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) on September 1, 2020. The United Methodists are one of the 37 member organizations of CWS. He was both chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Global Ministries/UMCOR from 2003 and has several times served as interim general secretary. As general secretary, he oversees programs, projects and partners in 120 countries, including 350 missionaries in 70 countries. UMCOR is the church’s relief and development organization.
Roland attended St. Xavier’s College and School in Kolkata and Calcutta University. Following graduation with a Master of Commerce degree, he became a Chartered Accountant (CPA equivalent) and served first as chief internal auditor of the Methodist Church in India (MCI). Roland and his wife, Liesl, are members of North Decatur United Methodist Church in suburban Atlanta, where he serves as finance chair.
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