International ministries

Intown welcomes Internationals from across the globe who come to Atlanta for work and school. 

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

Contact Paula Hunt at paula@intown.org for any questions about Intown's International Ministries. 

international Friendship Community (ifc)

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

  • International Welcome Party: International Friendship Community hosts an Annual International Welcome Party in September. There are over 400 people come to the party every year. It's a great opportunity to connect with other internationals 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 internationals but is open to both Christians and those who are curious about Christianity. This group meets at 7:00 pm on Fridays at Juliana's house. For information contact rhiannon.evangelista@gmail.com or julianachenlin@yahoo.com
  • IFC Men's Bible Study : Friday nights at 7 p.m. at Rod Donlan's house. Open to all men and designed especially for those whose first language is not English. Contact Ben Allin at ben.allin@benwithiface.org if you are interested.
  • 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 p.m. For more information contact dangyger@gmail.com or elin2@emory.edu.

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 every Tuesday and Thursday. 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 benjaminallin1@gmail.com for questions, for rides, or to volunteer.


Summer 2017- 

Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. till end of July.

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. Xueling Fan at xlfan1964@yahoo.com 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 godspeed325@hotmail.com.


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 bob@iface.org or visit www.iface.org.


Intown Hiking Community: If you enjoy hiking and would like to see great places in Georgia, we usually have a hike every two weeks. Events will be posted on the event calendar at www.intown.org. Please click here to sign up by joining the Hiking Group. For more information contact Peter de Lastic at peter@atlantahikes.com.