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.

2019 Board Roster

Board Chair:

Dr. Susan Andrews

Harris County Commissioner


David Mize

Attorney, Huff Powell & Bailey, LLC


Susan Grifenhagen

Member, The Church on The Trail

Board Members:

Ron Collins

President, IFM

Carole Collins

Vice President, IFM

Dr. Sharon Billins

Founder & President, Palm Tree International Ministries

Rev. Leif Espinosa

Pastor, Tabernaculo Familiar

Rev. Chuck Hasty

Pastor, Grace Presbyterian Church

Phil Scoggins

News Anchor, WRBL News

M. V. Thomas

Founder & President, Crosstel Inc.

Rob Ward Sr.

Director of Administrative Services, TSYS



call us


(706) 653-0097

3404 University Ave, Columbus, GA 31907

©2018 by International Friendship Ministries