Amy Valdez Barker is the director of global mission connections for the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. Previously she was lead executive for the Connectional Table, which coordinates the mission, ministries, and programs of The United Methodist Church. As an ordained deacon from the North Georgia Conference, she was project manager for the 2012 Vital Churches Initiative. She earned a doctorate in Christian education and congregational studies. She is the author with her husband of 365 Devotions for Couples, published by Abingdon Press.