International ministries

Intown welcomes International students, scholars, and immigrants from across the globe who come to Atlanta.

Please join us to meet new people through the following opportunities. 

Contact Paula Hunt at for any questions about Intown's International Ministries. 

international Friendship Community (ifc)

International Friendship Community: Rooms 204-206 on Sundays at 9:30 am. International students, scholars and immigrants from all over the world come to the U.S. to study, work, or begin a new life. IFC includes these international people as well as Americans who wish to make them feel welcome. 

  • International Welcome Party: International Friendship Community is hosting it's annual International Welcome Party on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 6:30 pm. It's a great opportunity to connect with other international students, scholars and immigrants at a free evening of dinner and entertainment. 
  • IFC Women's Bible Study: To learn more about the Bible or deepen the knowledge you already have. Led by Rhiannon Evangelista and Juliana Lin. It's designed especially for international women but is open to both Christians and those who are curious about Christianity. This group meets at 7:00 pm on Fridays at the church in Room 301. For information contact or
  • Men's International Bible Study: We have meeting for men only every Friday night at 7 p.m. The meeting is in Clarkston at Josef's house. This study involves reading parts of the Bible, discussing the vocabulary, understanding the meaning in context, asking questions, and sharing how what we read makes us feel. Everyone is learning and everyone is welcome. Contact coordinator Ben Allin of IFACE for more information:
  • Community Group: Build relationships in a safe environment in a small group setting. Led by Dan Gyger and Ed Lin, Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00 pm. For more information contact or

Intown English (ESL)

Intown's English as second language (ESL) program attracts mostly international students and scholars from Emory and researchers from CDC. Spouses of students and researchers also participate. We meet in groups with teams of helpful American volunteers for English language learning and cultural exploration.

Our meetings are held from 7:00-9:00 pm on Tuesdays/Thursdays and 9:30-10:45 am on Sundays. Food and drinks are provided by friendly Americans. We also have holiday parties and go on short trips. Transportation to Intown ESL is available upon request.

International students and scholars are placed with teams of American volunteers in four different groups:

Group 1: Basic English communication skills.

Group 2: Conversation practice and discussion about everyday local situations.

Group 3: Higher level discussion and conversation practice involving idioms and expressions.

Group 4: Nearly fluent/fluent English speakers meet to share stories, discuss challenges, explore American cultures, and study trending topics and events.

Please click here for more information or contact Ben Allin at 770-545-9859 or for questions, for rides, or to volunteer.

2018 Summer schedule - From May to June.

Other ministries

Emory Chinese Christian Fellowship (ECCF): This group meets Friday nights at 7:00 pm in room 204-206. Chinese-speakers meet for dinner, fellowship, worship, and Bible study in Chinese. Please contact Mr. Yongjun Liu at or 706-340-0419 for more information.  

Japanese Christian Community of Atlanta (JCCA): Sunday afternoons from 1:00-3:00 pm in room 204-206. The community begins with a children's worship from 1:00-1:30 pm followed by adult worship and Bible study in Japanese. For more information contact Mayumi Pohl at

InterFACE (iFace) Ministries: InterFace Ministries is a nonprofit educational, Christian organization which networks international students and scholars with culturally sensitive Americans who enjoy cross-cultural friendships and the open exchange of ideas. Contact Bob Culver at or Ben Allin at 770-545-9859/ or visit

Intown Hiking Community: If you enjoy hiking and would like to see great places in Georgia, we usually have a hike every two weeks. Please click here to sign up by joining the Hiking Group. For more information contact Peter de Lastic at