Save the date for our 2018 Drawing Near to God Conference, Bringing Hearts Together. 

April 13-14, 2018

Ashley River Baptist Church

Charleston, SC 

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 13


7 – 9:30 pm  – Worship, Welcome and Keynote Speaker, Myesha Chaney

Saturday, April 14th

10 am – 12 pm – Welcome, Worship & Featured Speaker, Myesha Chaney


12 – 1 pm –Lunch Break

1 – 2 pm – Breakout Sessions (choose 1)

  • Diane Arnold – Unity in Your Family
  • Patricia Estes – Unity in our Nation
  • Staci McLain – Unity in Your Church
  • Sandy Tecklenberg – Unity in the Community

2:30  – 4:30 pm – Worship & Featured Speaker, Joanne Ellison

Breakout Speakers

Diane Arnold – Unity in Your Family 

God’s Plan for Family Unity and Restoration

The goal for this session is to develop a new understanding of the central role that healthy family plays in God’s Kingdom. Unity for believers must begin at the level of the family before it can truly characterize the Church. Healthy families demonstrate His restoration power to a broken society. Join us for this break out session to discover how to help our families reach their full potential and God given destiny.

About Diane:

Diane Arnold is a Licensed Professional Counselor with specialties in family and marriage counseling. Her primary practice disciplines include marriage, family and relationship issues/concerns. Diane has a M.A. in professional counseling and is also a certified Emotion-Focused Therapist. She served 5 years on board of the Christian Mental Health Network (CMHN) of South Carolina, a professional development group for Christian counselors. She is also one of the founders of ‘The Grace Center’. The Grace Center is a healing and deliverance ministry with four current locations. This ministry has three prominent goals. First, to raise up healing prayer ministers to be released into the community. Second, to empower spiritual/ emotional/ physical healing for the participants and their families. And, lastly to offer a venue to facilitate experiencing and encountering the ‘Presence’ of the Lord. Diane and her husband Neal have been married for 35 years and have three adult children. They have recently completed a book project entitled ‘Take Heart’. This manuscript is a snapshot of the miracle that occurs when the Great Physician ministers psychological healing to people who’ve reached the end of their ability to do it themselves. Diane and her family have participated in revival and missions’ efforts for the past thirty years. Their Kingdom objective is to better demonstrate God’s love, wisdom, and power to those in need. Through their family ministry, ‘Ever Increasing Impact” Diane and Neal continue to write and speak on the importance of family and leader restoration.

Patricia Estes – Unity in our Nation 

Patricia will discuss how to launch initiatives to influence society on seven mountains of influence. Incorporated in this session will be the mandate to rule and reign-walk in authority and to stay out of the dark side of leadership.

About Patricia:

Patricia Estes is a catalyst for city unity and is a great example for leading five fold ministries on the seven mountains of societal influence. Patricia and her husband, Mark, have served for 25 years as the Senior Pastors of a multicultural congregation, North Palm Community Church, for 25 years. Patricia is an ordained Bishop and is the co- founder of North Charleston Apostolic Center. Having ministered in many countries and in conferences with thousands of people, Patricia finds her heart drawn to finding the gold in people and leading them in discipleship. Patricia is part of a team building an apostolic hub to resource the new wine being poured out in preparation for the great harvest. Patricia flows in a prophetic anointing and is gifted in organization and strategy to build the Kingdom. She is Founder and CEO of Kingdom Consulting. Mark and Patricia have been happily married for 35 years and have three children, Stephen who at 19 years old was moved from earth to heaven, Deborah who is married to James (Jimmy) Hong and Anna, a college sophomore.

Staci McLain – Unity in the Church

Answering the following questions will be the focus of the breakout session. What does it look like to love others in my church out of reverence to Christ? How can we walk in love embracing unity through uniqueness? Is the love of God in me producing a genuine love for others in my church?

About Staci:

Staci McLain is a Charleston native who has spent most of her life in the low country. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston and obtained her Masters in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute. She is currently the Women’s Ministry Leader at Crosstowne Christian Church in West Ashley. She is passionate about being a wife, a mother and helping women grow as learners, lovers and leaders. She strives to glorify God in all that she does.

Sandy Tecklenberg – Unity in the Community

There is a “oneness” and a “unity” that we need to see in our city.  Our most urgent question is “what are we doing for others?”  I envision our city to be characterized by LOVE – a place where people will see beyond perceived barriers and LOVE their neighbors!  It starts with me, you and us!

About Sandy:

Sandy Tecklenburg is First Lady of the City of Charleston, and as half of Charleston’s first couple, she is no wilting wallflower.  Sandy shares her husband’s vision for Charleston, and shows her support by working alongside him, and stepping in to pinch-hit for him on days when his schedule is tight.

As a native Charlestonian, Sandy understands the challenges faced by Charleston’s residents across the board, and responsibly views her position as an opportunity to continue endorsing causes she championed as a private citizen. Sandy is passionate about systematically alleviating homelessness in the city; creating avenues for second chances via initiatives like FreshStart Visions, and is a vocal advocate of the Arts – citing its powerful impact on the human soul.  As such, it’s par for the course to find Sandy out and about reading to children in schools, attending theatrical and musical performances, or serving in some capacity at events like Requiem for Rice.

Sandy Tecklenburg is a humble woman, who is committed to public service and community building.  She celebrates, and embraces diversity; and is of the belief that we all have something of value to offer. She envisions a Charleston characterized by love – a place where people will see beyond perceived barriers, and love their neighbors.  

Featured Speakers

Joanne Ellison


Founder of international nonprofit Drawing Near to God based in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Joanne Ellison teaches women to make space for God so that God’s presence keeps them from being overwhelmed with life.

Driven by a vision to motivate women to pursue a deeper relationship with God, Ellison founded Drawing Near to God in 2000 and has since reached tens of thousands of women through Christian radio and television, blogging, contributions to the Christian Broadcasting Network, social media, her weekly Bible teachings, live streaming, speaking, books and other resources. She is the author of over 20 Bible study guides, the popular 365-day Bible devotional, Drawing Near To GodSitting at His Feet devotional and Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.

She is a mother of three, grandmother of 11 and has been married for 45 years to Dr. Blount Ellison. Making her home in the Charleston area for most of her life, Ellison is a graduate of the College of Charleston and an active member of Saint Andrew’s Church, Mount Pleasant, SC.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren and traveling with her husband.

Ellison is an engaging speaker, writer and Bible teacher. Her speaking style includes both vulnerability and humor and is rooted in her passion for the Bible. She often incorporates stories about her children, grandchildren and travels into her teachings – cycling through Portugal and Copenhagen as well as hiking mountains all over the States have provided many challenges and adventures!

Myesha Chaney 

Myesha Chaney – wife, mother, songwriter, recording artist, television/radio
personality, published author, motivational speaker, worship leader, and entrepreneur has never been a stranger to the balancing act of pursuing her
divine purpose.

Although Myesha’s roots are firmly planted in Southern California, her reach and impact has been felt worldwide. As a Long Beach native, Myesha serves as Women’s Pastor and First Lady to husband and Senior Pastor, Wayne Chaney, of the Antioch Church of Long Beach.

Myesha’s relentless desire to touch and change lives has been at the core of her brand’s diaspora and the one commonality that connects the many facets of her growing empire. Her passion for ministry is at the heart and soul of the music she creates, the messages she delivers,
and the leadership she exemplifies.

Today, Myesha can be seen and heard in homes across the country on Oxygen’s Preachers of LA and on a talk radio show with her husband,
“Real Life with Wayne and Myesha Chaney.”

With all of the impactful work that Myesha contributes to, her grounded and down-to- earth disposition keeps her dedicated to what matters
most – her spiritual walk, her incredible marriage, and her devotion to family. Myesha and Wayne Chaney have three children; Wayne, Reign,
and Cadence.

Hotel Information

Hotel Recommendations

Holiday Inn Express Charleston (2.1 miles from conference site)

1943 Savannah Hwy

Charleston, SC 29407

For reservations, contact Cheryl Wooten at 843-402-8300


Courtyard Marriott Charleston Waterfront (2.4 miles from conference site)

35 Lockwood Dr,

Charleston, SC 29401

For reservations, call 843-722-7229


Ticket Sales

Online ticket sales have closed. Tickets are available at the door from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm on Friday night and 9:30 am – 10:00 am on Saturday morning. Tickets are $50 each for the weekend. (No partial rates.)