Bible Discussion Groups

June 30, 2016

Meeting regularly with a small group of other internationals and American volunteers to learn more about the Bible is one of the best ways to build deeper and meaningful friendships. These friendships can enrich your life and contribute to your sense that Columbus can be a new home for you. Most of our small groups also eat together regularly. No prior knowledge of the Bible is necessary for participating in any of IFI’s weekly small group meetings.

Please notice that we have special weekly meetings for wives and moms.

We hope you will take the time to check out one of our weekly meetings. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Leaders: Rich Mendola, David Albright, Phil FoellAbby Zou, Tingming (Florence) Yuan, and others.

Locations: ONLINE
Other Details: Multicultural Group Study, Zoom meeting.
Meeting Times: Friday, 7:00pm

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! Practice your English, understand Western Culture better, understand why people believe and follow God, and evaluate why you believe what you believe. We welcome people from all backgrounds to come and ask questions.

Leader(s): Mike Burt
Location: ONLINE
Other Details: Multicultural Group Study, Zoom meeting.  Please email Mike for details.
Meeting Times: Friday, 7:00pm

Synopsis: Mike’s group is a great opportunity for you to practice English and make new friends!  From 8:00-9:00 Mike teaches lecture style through the Bible.  You will learn the culture, history and main message of the Bible.  Breakout rooms for discussion follow after the lecture.  There is also a Zoom class for children from 6:30-7:30.  Please email Mike for connection details.

Leader(s): Rebecca Sermon
Location: Calvary Bible Church, 3865 N. High St, Columbus, OH 43214
Other Details: International Wives’ Bible Study, Transportation Provided
Meeting Times: Thursday, August 20 (our first meeting for the fall) 1:30 -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.  For more information and to sign up, click here.

Leader(s): Sarah Gillette or Beth Gass.
Location: *ONLINE through Zoom Calvary Bible Church, 3865 N. High St Columbus OH 43214
Other Details: International Mom’s Group – Childcare Provided
Meeting Times: Weekly on Friday, 9:45am – 11:15am

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 and discuss passages from the Bible.  We meet from 9:45 to 11:15 am.  It’s a great time for you to practice your English, make new friends, learn Western culture, and for your child to play!  Childcare, and Bibles are provided.  If you need a ride, let us know, and we will try to provide one. For more information and to sign up, click here.

*At this time the IFI Mom’s Group is meeting virtually on Zoom due to the current pandemic. We plan to resume meeting in person in the future.

Leader(s):  Mark and Sally Sulc, Bob Williams, Stephanie Conners
Location: ONLINE  3270 Ridgewood Drive Hilliard, OH 43026
Other Details: Transportation is provided
Meeting Times: Friday, 7:00pm

Synopsis: Our group meets for an engaging Bible discussion where everyone is encouraged to participate. We often 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!

Leader(s): Jerry & Gwen Shellhaas
Location: ONLINE  Their home is located at 5791 Saffron Ave.  Galloway, OH 43119
Other Details: Transportation is provided
Meeting Times: Fridays 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM (during the Covid-19 Crisis)

Synopsis: During the Covid-19 Virus Crisis our group enjoys building friendships and socializing over the internet so that we can practice social distancing.  In addition, we spend some time discussing various verses from the Bible.  When we can, we also play some games on the internet at the end. (Once the crisis ends, we will go back to normal and  enjoy socializing with each other as we eat dinner together at 7 PM at our home.  Gwen is a great cook!!  Around 8 PM we will read and discuss some verses from the Bible.)  Our goal is to seek and discover truth together and then to apply that truth to our daily lives.   As you attend from week to week, you will receive an overview of the major events recorded in the Bible.  You will also learn about Jesus, the most important person in the Bible.  You will learn what the Bible teaches about God and his plan and provision for you to live an abundant life now and how to have eternal life with Him in heaven.  As we socialize, read and discuss, you will also have ample opportunities to practice speaking English and gain a better understanding of what other international students from various nations think and believe. We participate in fun group activities together as well at various times throughout the year.  Students and scholars from every nation and background are welcome to participate and / or come. Send us your email and we will email you the weekly invitation for Fridays as well as invitations to all of our additional activities.  Our email is 

Leader(s):  Russ Sermon
Location: ONLINE
Other Details: English Conversation on Bible Topics
Meeting Times: Saturday mornings, 11:30am – 1pm, (online times are flexible and can be arranged for YOUR schedule)

Synopsis: The topics are from the Bible and start with the first book of the Bible.  Each session begins with an exercise to get to know one another and then moves to a story from the Bible.  Focus is on new vocabulary, identifying characters and themes, giving opinions and paraphrasing – all higher level language skills. Groups are lead by Americans who talk with students individually, facilitate group conversation, and learn about the God of the Bible directly FROM the Bible. No prior knowledge of the Bible is necessary. Check out ONLINE Bible Conversation Club here!