The Drawing Near to God Teaching and Worship Experience, a community-wide Bible study opportunity, has expanded to multiple campuses so that women in the Charleston area can gather on both sides of the Cooper River, in both West Ashley and Mt. Pleasant, to explore their faith together. The Mt. Pleasant experience will meet at St. Peter’s Church on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and the West Ashley experience will meet at Ashley River Baptist Church on Thursdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

The Teaching and Worship Experience is a weekly immersion into the Bible, where Ellison challenges women to declutter their lives and make space for God. It offers women an opportunity to participate 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.

In addition to over 20 Bible studies, Ellison has written two devotionals, Drawing Near to God and Sitting at His Feet, and her most recent book, Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.  Ellison can also be heard locally on WJNI Radio and HIS Radio, which both air her inspirational spots and teachings regularly. She has also had appearances on Make Your Day Count, a Christian television program, and has been syndicated by Fox News as well as the Christian Broadcast Network. Ellison’s vision is to help women make space for God so that they will not be overwhelmed with life.

In September, Ellison will be teaching a study she has written entitled, Isaiah: A Book of Comfort. Says Ellison of the study, “Do you find yourself struggling to enjoy your life, wondering why you always feel held back? I invite you to join me as we learn how we can walk in freedom; no longer slaves to sin but free to live the joyful life God has promised us.  As we study the book of Isaiah, we will look at ways to access the freedom and comfort that God offers.”

In addition to the live Teaching & Worship Experience on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, participants in Charleston and nationwide can participate via streaming at the best time for their schedules or even start a community group to watch streaming together.

More information about Joanne Ellison and the Drawing Near to God Ministry, including registration for the Teaching and Worship Experience, can be found by visiting