Join us for the annual Drawing Near Conference as together we raise our voices to heaven!

This special two day event is open to men and women.  

April 26-27, 2019

Seacoast Church

Mt. Pleasant, SC 

Joanne Ellison, founder of Drawing Near to God Ministry, welcomes Dr. Barry Black, 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate, to the Drawing Near to God stage for this annual event of praise and worship, inspiring speaking and fellowship. The theme for this year’s event is “Making Your Voice Heard in Heaven” and we look forward to introducing new elements to this event, including a special luncheon with Joanne and Dr. Black!


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, great-grandmother of one and has been married for 46 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.

Dr. Barry Black

Chaplain Black is a native of Baltimore, Maryland and an alumnus of Oakwood College, Andrews University, North Carolina Central University, Eastern Baptist Seminary, Salve Regina University, and United States International University. In addition to earning Master of Arts degrees in Divinity, Counseling, and Management, he has received a Doctorate degree in Ministry and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Psychology.

In 2003 Dr. Black was elected as the 62nd Chaplain of the United States Senate. Prior to coming to Capitol Hill, Chaplain Black served in the U.S. Navy for over twenty-seven years, ending his distinguished career as the Chief of Navy Chaplains.

Chaplain Barry C. Black is married to the former Brenda Pearsall of St. Petersburg, Florida. They have three sons: Barry II, Brendan, and Bradford.

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Friday, April 26, 2019
6:00pm – 8:00pm

Praise & Worship
Keynote Speaker: Joanne Ellison
Response & Prayer

Saturday, April 27, 2019
8:00am – 12:30pm

Praise & Worship
Keynote Speaker: Chaplain Dr. Barry Black
Pastor Panel:
Bishop Steve Wood, Rev. Anthony Thompson, Pastor Joshua Pegram, and Bishop T.J. Johnston
Keynote Speaker: Joanne Ellison
Response & Prayer

Followed by a Luncheon 1:00p to 2:00p

Join DNG and Dr. Black for a delightful luncheon celebration immediately following the conference.  The luncheon will be held in Seacoast’s Chapel. Come hear Dr. Black give his personal testimony about how the power of prayer has impacted his life and his walk with Christ.

Limited Seating Available

Purchase Tickets

Individual Conference Registration: $50
includes conference admission 4/26 & 4/27

Individual Luncheon Registration: $40
includes lunch, tea, dessert and lunch program

Conference + Luncheon Registration: $75
includes conference admission 4/26 & 4/27, plus lunch, tea, dessert and lunch program

Student Conference Registration: $25
includes conference admission 4/26 & 4/27 for full-time high school or college students

DNG Ministry Parnters receive a $10 discount on conference or conference & registration luncheon. Coupon code provided to partners is required on registration form.

Individual Sponsorships
We invite all followers to attend. If you would like to attend, but do not have the means to purchase your registration, we encourage you to complete our registration form and request a sponsor. If we are able to secure a sponsor for you to attend, we will notify you.

Additionally, if you would like to sponsor an individual so they may be able to attend, you’ll find an option during registration to donate.

Group Rates
If you have a group of 10 or more who would like to attend the conference together, please contact us at for details and pricing.

Volunteers receive free conference registration (lunch registration must be purchased separately).  Fill out this form to sign up to volunteer! 

We have closed online registration at this time. Tickets for the main conference can be purchased on-site at the conference on Friday and Saturday for those wanting to attend. Hope to see you there!

The Conference Luncheon is sold out.

Sign Up to Be a Sponsor

Welcome Coffee on Friday ~ $250  (1 available)

Host the Conference Coffee Bar in the exhibit hall for Drawing Near Conference attendees. Friday and Saturday times available
~ Opportunity to display company brochures and signage in the break area
~ Two tickets to Conference (excludes luncheon admission)
~ Provide coffee cups/napkins with your company’s logo
~ Identification as Coffee Bar sponsor on signage and flyer
~ Company logo on Sponsor Boards
~ Recognition in social media; Facebook promotion
~ Logo placement in digital conference and electronic communications

Full Page Advertisement in Conference Program ~ $500
Promote your business to conference attendees with a full page ad in the commemorative conference program. DNG Conference staff will coordinate with sponsor for artwork.
~ A full page advertisement in the commemorative conference program
~ Four tickets to Conference (excludes luncheon admission)
~ Company logo on Sponsor Boards
~ Recognition in social media; Facebook promotion with links to your business
~ Logo placement in digital conference and electronic communications

Please contact for more information.

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  • Contact & Business Information

  • Sponsorship Selection

  • By signing this agreement, both parties agree that they are authorized representatives of each organization and agreeing to the terms outlined in the sponsorship packet.
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We are seeking volunteers for this exciting event – all volunteers will receive a free conference registration! (Lunch tickets must be purchased separately).


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