History & Mission

The International Link (IL) is a nonprofit Christian organization that seeks to serve international guests in the Augusta, Ga. area through various outreach, education and service programs. 

IL had its beginnings in the 1990s through the efforts of Jim and Carol Scogin, who had a desire to serve the many internationals in the Augusta, GA area. Out of their work The International Link was born in 2002, as a nonprofit organization serving international visitors who come to our campuses for study, research and military training. Today IL exists as an interdenominational Christian organization that works in cooperation with many local churches to serve international guests in the Augusta area. We currently serve internationals who attend the following campuses:

  • Augusta University
  • Georgia Military College
  • Fort Gordon
  • Paine College
  • Aiken Technical College
  • Augusta Technical College

If you are not in the Augusta area, we can refer you to similar organizations on other campuses in the USA, Canada and the UK.


Financial Support

IL is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that relies entirely on the financial support of individuals, churches and corporations. If you would like to contribute to IL, please visit our Partner page.


Our Church Partners

The following churches or Christian organizations either formally partner with IL or are represented by members who volunteer with IL. We are thankful for our church partners who support us by giving of time and resources.

  • Augusta Chinese Christian Fellowship
  • Big Stevens Creek Baptist Church
  • Curtis Baptist Church
  • Fairview Presbyterian Church
  • First Baptist Church of North Augusta
  • First Presbyterian Church
  • The Hill Baptist Church
  • In Touch Community Church
  • Lakemont Presbyterian Church
  • National Hills Baptist Church
  • Redeemer Presbyterian Church
  • Stevens Creek Baptist Church
  • Vineyard Church of Augusta
  • Vineyard Community Church
  • Warren Baptist Church
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church

Click here to view our Statement of Faith.



 John & Liz Steketee

John & Liz Steketee

Staff members John and Liz Steketee joined The International Link in 2010. John works as director, which includes training for American volunteers and various teaching programs for our international clients. Liz works as an education associate, assisting John by overseeing the English as a Second Language classes, training ESL teachers and providing for various needs of our international clients. To contact John or Liz, please visit our Contact page.


Board of Directors

The International Link is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors from the community who provide direction and oversight for the organization. 


Robert Spessert

Lieutenant Colonel (ret.)

Fort Gordon Staff and Command School 

First Presbyterian Church


Martin click


First Presbyterian Church


Beth gore


First Presbyterian Church

Dr. Jim Grayson


Professor of Business Administration

Augusta University

First Presbyterian Church


Masaki chiba

Associate Pastor

Fairview Presbyterian Church

Roy Smith


Southeastern Equipment Company

Westminster Presbyterian Church