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Our Founders

Ron and Carole Collins, both graduated from the University of GA. Carole received her BFA, Master’s and Specialist degrees in Art. Ron received his BA at UGA and his Master’s in Church Music at Southern Seminary in KY. Ron served as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church Columbus for over 20 years before coming to IFM full- time. Carole supervised over 100 art teachers in the Jefferson County School System. Both Ron and Carole have roots in Columbus, GA and long-standing relationships with community members, business executives, elected officials and the Body of Christ. They both share a love for the large international community and have personally welcomed guests from over 90 nations into their home. IFM has a committed team of staff, volunteers and board members who provide programming and oversight.

Listen to the latest episode of the Stories of Hope Podcast by Send Relief to hear how Ron and Carole go into all the world – without ever leaving Columbus.

2020 Board Roster

  • Ron Collins, President, IFM

  • Carole Collins, Vice President, IFM

  • Dr. Susan Andrews, Board Chair IFM, Harris County Commissioner

  • Dr. Sharon Billins, Founder, Palm Tree International Ministries

  • Rev. Leif Espinosa, Pastor, Tabernaculo Familiar

  • Susan Grifenhagen, Member, My Church

  • Rev. Chuck Hasty, Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church

  • Phil Scoggins, News Anchor, WRBL News

  • M.V. Thomas, President, Crosstel, Inc.

  • Jim Bare, U.S. Army, Retired / College Professor, Retired

  • Rich Nichols, Senior Project Engineer, Pratt & Whitney



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3404 University Ave, Columbus, GA 31907

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