The Drawing Near to God Teaching and & Worship Experience is the cornerstone of the ministry.Beginning almost two decades ago as a small Bible study, it has since grown into an interdenominational ministry that reaches over 200 women each week during Joanne’s live teaching, and hundreds more through DNG Community Groups and online.

The Teaching & Worship Experience is a weekly immersion into the word of the Lord, where Joanne challenges women to declutter their lives and make space for God. The Teaching & Worship Experience is divided into two semesters. It offers women an opportunity to participate weekly in an intimate small group study, an uplifting praise and worship experience and then a “deep dive” into scripture with Joanne. Joanne’s true passion for the Bible makes her an engaging speaker, who expresses both vulnerability and humor in her teachings.

Four Opportunities to Join Joanne for our Teaching & Worship Experience:

  • Live on Wednesday mornings at St. Peter’s Church in Mount Pleasant

  • Live on Thursday mornings at Ashley River Baptist Church in West Ashley

  • By joining or starting a Community Group

  • Via streaming (at your own pace and schedule) 

The Teaching & Worship Experience is divided into two 13-week semesters – Fall (September through December) and Winter/Spring (January through April).

In the Fall 2018 season, Joanne will be teaching a study she has written, Isaiah: A Book of Comfort.  In the Winter/Spring 2019 semester, Joanne will teach two additional studies that she has written –Tearing Down the Fences of Offenses (3 weeks) and Living in God’s Presence (10 weeks). Scroll down for more information and to register!


In the 2018-2019 year, there are two opportunities to join us for Teaching & Worship and to hear Joanne teach her studies – Isaiah in the Fall (13 weeks) and Tearing Down the Fences of Offenses and Living in God’s Presence in the Winter/Spring (13 weeks).

There is a $45 Registration Fee per semester, which covers the following:

  • Study guides & online resources (including a streaming license, so you can view Joanne’s teachings online as well)
  • Engaging group discussion, powerful worship, dynamic teaching & prayer ministry

We also have childcare available for children up to 5 years, for an additional $5/week per family (paid on-site via cash or check as you go).

Wednesday Mornings

Fall – September 5 – December 5 (skipping November 21)

Winter/Spring  – January 10 – April 3

  • 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Saint Peter’s Church (1307 Porchers Bluff Road, Mount Pleasant, SC 29466)

Thursday Mornings

Fall – September 6 – December 6 (skipping November 22) 

Winter/Spring  – January 11 – April 4

  • 9:30 am – 11:30 am
  • Ashley River Baptist Church (1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407)

Gather with other women to view the streaming of Joanne’s weekly teaching and enjoy small group discussion and fellowship – just like those who are attending our live teaching & worship experience, but in a location and time that works for you. Register below to join a community group in the Charleston area or contact us below start your own.

  • $45 Registration Fee per semester covers study guide, online resources, streaming and equipping for group leaders

Contact us at if you would like to start your own Community Group.


If you cannot join us live or via a community group, you can purchase a streaming license. Those individuals who are registered for Live Teaching & Worship and Community Groups also receive this license as part of their registration fee.

Click here to purchase a streaming license for the Isaiah study.

Teaching & Worship Experience Registration

Online registration for our Fall 2018 Teaching & Worship Experience has now closed. We will accept in-person registrations at the experience each week at St. Peter’s on Wednesdays and at Ashley River Baptist on Thursdays. If you want to sign up to join a Community Group (not our live Teaching & Worship Experience), please sign up here.