Who we are

We are a partnership of local churches

for the purpose of fulfilling the Great Commission

by caring for International Students and Scholars.

Friends of Internationals, Inc. offers a simple and economical way to engage, equip and involve local churches

and their members

to effectively “make disciples of all nations.”

Executive Director

Jon Varner was appointed by the North American Mission Board (SBC) in 2008 to serve as a missionary to international students. He received the Master of Divinity degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1995. 

Assistant Executive Director

Alana Varner was also appointed in 2008 to serve alongside her husband. She is currently pursuing a Master of Cultural Studies through Colombia International University after having received both an Associate and a Bachelor degrees from North Greenville University.