Joanne Ellison

Founder & Director

Founder of national 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, her weekly Bible study, speaking, books, CDs and DVDs. She is the author of over 20 Bible study guides, the popular 365-day Bible devotional, Drawing Near To God, and Sitting at His Feet and Tell Your Heart to Beat Again, both available in 2016.

An engaging speaker, writer and Bible teacher, Ellison’s speaking style includes both vulnerability and humor and is rooted in her passion for the Bible.

She is a mother of three, grandmother of 11 and has been married for 43 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.

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Joanne’s Blog

Being Fruitful, Not Busy

I hear from so many women all the time about how they are overwhelmed with life – they’re stressed out and burned out. Women of God, that is not His plan for us. He wants us to seek Him and follow His lead. Here is an entry from my Sitting at His Feet devotional about […]

Doubt is Part of Our Faith Journey

Recently I have had many conversations about doubt in relation to our Christian faith. I have been thinking of the disciples as Jesus hung on the cross: What went through their minds? How did their faith in Christ stand up against the evidence that their Messiah, the Son of God was being crucified?  And after […]

What a Beautiful Name

Today I want to share with you this beautiful song that has been on my heart lately, What a Beautiful Name. Today in our Bible study, we had the privilege of hearing Julianna and Elise play this song. You can hear their version by watching the streaming of our lesson here. Below is a video […]

Finding Your Destiny

Good morning, Making space for God friends! How are you going to make space for Him today? Why not start your day by asking the Holy Spirit to give you eyes to see and ears to hear what He wants you to see and hear. Together, let’s open our hearts to live into our destiny […]

Godly Leadership

This week in our study of the Gospel of John, we looked at John 13 – the Master Servant. We had the privilege of having Bishop Steve Wood teach on this text today — you can catch up with his teaching here. As we look at the Master Servant in this chapter, we see not only a […]

Perfect Love Drives Out Fear

This afternoon, I want to share with you this entry from my devotional, Sitting at His Feet. This devotional is different than my 365-day devotional in the sense that the entries are specific to issues and emotions that we all face. This devotional is a compilation of journal entries from my personal quiet times with […]

Lukewarm Christianity

Good morning Making Space for God friends! Today I have a Scripture on my mind that has always intrigued me. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold- I am about to spit you out of […]

Bread of Life

Today as we continued our journey through the Gospel of John, we looked at eight I am statements of Jesus. If you missed the teaching, I encourage you to catch up via streaming here. This afternoon, let’s look a little deeper at one of the I am statements — “I am the bread of life” — with […]