DeepWater Student Ministry


At DeepWater we love the next generation and are excited to see middle and high school students connect to God and also connect with a group of people that will encourage them.  And have no doubt, we want to have lots of fun together!

6th-12th Graders are invited to join us on Wednesday's through out the school year and summer!  

Want to know more?  Please see below for some answers to some frequently asked questions

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Whats Up?! We're the Student Ministry Team!

Hey everyone! I’m Jo!

I couldn’t be more excited to be able to work and hang out with your students!!

Some fun facts about me… I am an Isle of Palms native and have lived here for most of my life. I attended Wando High school and went on to study at Clemson University and graduated May of 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Recreational Therapy. While at Clemson, I had the opportunity to become a volunteer Young Life leader and got to lead middle school girls for 3 and a half years. Here, my love for middle and high school students developed into a passion which has brought me to DeepWater today!

As the lead for the Student Ministry, I hoping to be able to provide your child with an environment where they can come and be a part of a stress free, drama free, fun atmosphere that allows them to build community with the students around them. I am also committed to ministering and sharing biblical foundations and truths with our students and I am excited about what God will do through the students of the Isle of Palms and beyond!

And oh yea, the guy on the left is our pastor, Paul Coleman.  He spent 15 years working with students before starting DeepWater and he will be helping me out each week.  He loves to see students connect to Jesus and for them to 'live it' each day.  Fun fact, he was my student minister and so I know how much he cares about middle & high students - from the beginning of DeepWater he has wanted to have a vibrant student group.  We're both looking forward to this school year!  

Who is invited to DeepWater Student Ministry?: 

6th-12th graders

Do you divide the grades?: 

There are times when we will all be together and times when we will split ms & hs for discussion

*In the future as the group grows, it is our desire to have separate middle & high school groups.

What times does the group meet?: 

Times: Wednesdays 5:30-7:30pm (Spring 2022)

Where does the group meet?:  

300 Palm Blvd - St. Mark's Church
When you show up come to the field to the right of the building.
*If we change location or have to move because of a conflict with the building, we loop parents in. 

What happens during student ministry?: 

During our time together we will have some free time, eat pizza, play an organized game or two, hear a Biblical lesson that is relevant to students and participate in smaller discussion groups. (We provide pizza each week.)

What else do you have planned for students?:  

More information about Spring 2022 coming soon!

Is it safe for my child to be a part of the Student Ministry?

Yes, absolutely. From background checks for all of our leaders to Ministry Safe online training to a 7 youth to 1 adult ratio, we take seriously the responsibility of keeping youth safe.

What do you do outside of student ministry?

Great question! We hold various events, camps and serving opportunities throughout the year for our students.

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Will my son or daughter be welcomed there?

Definitely! By adults who understand students and their culture and honestly want to help. We work hard at being good at this.

You teach students about God in fun ways. Is that possible?

Ha-ha, yes, we work hard at making teaching students about God a really fun, interactive, age-appropriate process that youth can connect with. God didn't make the perception of boring that many people have of Him. He's the life giver and we want to represent Him in that way.

What are you teaching our teens?

Glad you asked. We exist to meet students where they are and help them find and follow Jesus. Youth included. We package the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that students can understand making sure we keep true to what the Bible teaches about Him.

How do we get started?

The best way is to come to one of our regular youth gatherings on Wednesdays.  Our Wednesday student ministry night will give a way to jump in and start building some of those relationships that are so important. You could also reach out to Jo to arrange a meet-up or to let her know that your child will be visiting -

What about d-groups (small groups) for students?

On Wednesday nights we will have a time for students to be in smaller groups to discuss the lesson and share about life.  As we are able, we will divide these smaller groups up by gender and age groups. 

Who is leading the group?:  

Our group is led by Jo Giles (our Student Minister) & our lead pastor, Paul Coleman.  Please see Jo's note above and reach out to her at

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