Bob & Lynn Culver
Grete & Ted Shelling
Bob & Lynn Culver
Bob & Lynn Culver have been serving in Atlanta since 1981. As grandparents, they know some current students’ parents or grandparents! Bob is the president and co-founder of iFace (InterFACE Ministries) and serves on the Board of Hope Springs Learning Center.
Grete Shelling is on our national Human Resource Team. She and her husband Ted have been involved as friends, helpers, tutors, and hosts to international students and their families since 1968. As a National Certified Counselor, Grete counsels students and scholars with personal and inter-relational conflicts, cultural adjustment issues, stress management, conflict resolution, and communication skill,s, either in her home or by Skype. Secondly, both she and her husband Ted offer basic and advanced discussions in English, and they also help in understanding the Bible, either one-on-one or in small groups.
Ben Allin 770-545-9859 has been teaching ESL professionally and providing intercultural training to adults in Korea and the USA for many years. Now he focuses on equipping and empowering local church members and cross-cultural workers in training to serve international students and refugees through ESL friendly conversation events, bible studies, and fun activities. He recruits and develops members of local churches to engage international students and refugees in deep long-term relationships. He coordinates the ESL classes for international students on Tuesday and Thursday nights and Sunday mornings at http://www.intownesl.com/ near Emory University. He also supports the Sunday morning ESL conversation events and international Bible studies in Lawrenceville, GA. Ben has a Masters of Education for Teaching ESL to Adults, a Master of Arts in Intercultural Conflict Resolution, and is a trained mediator. Ben’s wife helps mostly Syrian and Congolese refugees in and around the Clarkston area connect with the local church members and ministry people.
News & Blogs
So what do I make of the most unusual gesture I’ve witnessed as our airplane waited to take off? A flight attendant came down the aisle with only two bottles of water & two white packages. When she got to our row, she bent down beside us and presented us with the...read more
Have you ever unconsciously (or consciously) told God, “prayer doesn’t matter.“ I wonder how many times I’ve done that? This morning, for example, I prayed that God would protect our low lying house from a possible flood from the creek that frequently overflows it’s...read more
I remember the first time I wore a Santa outfit & driving our white van in busy traffic in Houston Texas. Suddenly, someone sped by me in a fast Ferrari. A police car just happen to be there, pulled him over & began writing him a ticket. As I slowly drove by...read more
Social media has contributed to both positive and negative experiences in my work as iface staff. One of the best things about social media is it makes it easier to follow the developing lives of the many many former members of our IFACE programs and English Language...read more
As IFACE staff, I spend most of my time exploring ways to bring international student volunteers and Americans from diverse cultural backgrounds to build friendships with one another. I love being busy imagining these diverse groups working together as one group to...read more
My Humphrey Fellow friends in Atlanta might remember Dr. Pierre Kwizera from Burundi who invited me to travel with his team of community organizers into rural areas of his country. What a grand adventure equal to any GO West trip! We met local business, government and...read more
Lynn Culver is known for getting on her hands and knees for various acts of service. The word “ministry” is often translated “service.” "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing...read more
What's your Olympic goal? "My drive in life is from this horrible fear of being mediocre. And that’s always pushing me, pushing me. Because even though I’ve become Somebody. I still have to prove that Somebody. My struggle has never ended and it probably never will."...read more