IFI Bible Discussion Groups

IFI offers weekly Bible discussions for international students, scholars, and their families. IFI Bible discussions give internationals the chance to learn more about the Bible and to build friendships.  No prior knowledge of the Bible is necessary for internationals who want to participate in any of IFI’s weekly Bible study meetings. In addition to studying the Bible, most of our small groups eat together regularly.

If you have any questions about which small group may be best for your international friend, please contact the leader of that group directly.  All of the groups help students learn about God and Jesus at their level of interest.  Most of them have students from China and Korea, but some of the groups are made up of a specific cultural group.

Please consider not just inviting your student to a group, but possibly attending that group with him/her for the first time.  If that is not possible, then please let the small group leader know.  Perhaps they or one of the other leaders of the group could contact your international friend and invite him/her to come and/or offer a ride.  Thank you for taking the time to help your international friend get connected with an IFI Bible discussion group.  May the Lord continue to bless your friendship!

(If you are considering doing a one-on-one Bible Study with your international friend, please email Leila for a list of suggested resources.)

Location Coordinator: Russ Sermon – to help with Setup, Food, &/or Cleanup, click here
Leaders: Rich Mendola, David AlbrightPhil FoellAbby Zou, and others.
Location: Upper Arlington Lutheran Church, 2300 Lytham Road, Columbus Ohio 43201
Other Details: Transportation provided. Contact group leader.
Meeting Times: Friday, 7:00pm for dinner
Synopsis: Jesus is the most important person in the Bible. Learn about his life from beginning to end. Learn why his life is so amazing and important! We eat together each week. Practice your English, understand western culture better, learn why people believe and follow God, and evaluate why you believe what you believe. We welcome people from all backgrounds to join our discussion and ask questions.
Leader(s): Mike Burt
Location: Calvary Bible Church, 3865 N. High Street, Columbus Ohio 43214
Other Details: Multicultural group; transportation provided
Meeting Times: Friday, 7:00 pm
Synopsis: Mike’s Bible study is a great opportunity for internationals to practice English and make new friends! We provide dinner every Friday night at 7:00.  From 8:00-9:00 Mike teaches – lecture style – through the Bible to help internationals learn the culture, history and main message of the Bible.  There are also classes for children from 8:00-9:00. We have extra group activities planned during the year. Please email Mike if you need a ride.
Leader(s): Rebecca Sermon
Location: Calvary Bible Church, 3865 N. High Street, Columbus Ohio 43214
Other Details: International Wives’ Group. Transportation provided.
Meeting Times: Thursday, August 25 (our first meeting for the fall) 12:30 – 3:30pm
Synopsis: For wives of International students and visiting scholars, come make new friends, practice English, learn about American culture and discuss the Bible.  We also do special activities around holidays.  Sorry, we don’t have childcare.  Contact Rebecca for a ride.
Leader(s): Beth Gass
Location: Calvary Bible Church, 3865 N. High Street, Columbus Ohio 43214
Other Details: International Mom’s Group – Childcare & transportation provided
Meeting Times: Weekly on Friday, 9:45am – 11:45am
Synopsis: We are a group of moms and children who are like family!  On Friday mornings, we visit with each and have something to eat at 10:00am and at 10:30am we discuss passages from the Bible.  It’s a great time for you to practice your English, make new friends, learn Western culture, and for your child to play!  Rides, Childcare, and Bibles are provided.
Leader(s): ">Alyssassa Mueller">, Christina Ho, and Guy Deal
Location: Upper Arlington
Other Details: Please email leaders for location and directions; transportation provided
Meeting Times: Friday, Potluck Dinner @ 7:00pm; Bible Study @7:45pm
Synopsis: We welcome people from every nation and focus on learning the Bible together and growing in our friendship. Our time together includes dinner, worship, bible study, prayer, fellowship, play board games, and tea! It’s a great time to get to know people, make friendships, and practice conversational English!
Leader(s): Gene and Phyllis Greene, Mark and Nancy Leach, Jack Howarth, and Yan Hostetler
Location: 5723 Sandalwood Blvd., Columbus, Ohio near 161 and I-71
Other Details: Your Home Away From Home; transportation provided
Meeting Times: Friday, 7:00 pm
Synopsis: Our group is like a family, celebrating birthdays and graduations, as well as taking some trips together.  On Friday nights, we eat together at 7:00pm and at 8:00pm we sing songs and discuss passages from the Bible. This year we will give an overview of the Bible from creation through the life of Jesus. Our gatherings are great times to practice your conversational English!
Leader(s): Mark and Sally Sulc, Bob Williams, Stephanie Conners
Location: 3270 Ridgewood Drive, Hilliard Ohio 43026
Other Details: Transportation is provided
Meeting Times: Friday, 7:00pm
Synopsis: Our group meets for dinner at 7 pm each Friday night, followed by an engaging Bible discussion where everyone is encouraged to participate. We enjoy fun activities together throughout the year. Our group has been primarily made up of Brazilians the past couple of years, but we love to include anyone who is interested. Come visit! Transportation is provided.