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, blogging, social media, her weekly Bible study, livestreaming, 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, Sitting at His Feet devotional and Tell Your Heart to Beat Again.

She is a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and wife.  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.

Ellison is an engaging speaker, writer and Bible teacher. Her speaking style includes both vulnerability and humor and is rooted in her passion for the Bible. She often incorporates stories about her children, grandchildren and travels into her teachings – cycling through Portugal and Copenhagen as well as hiking mountains all over the States have provided many challenges and adventures!

Teaching & Worship Experience
Speaking Engagements

Joanne’s Blog

In Our Midst

Happy Easter Monday! This is the day after we celebrated the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He has risen and that is the game changer for all of us who believe. He is the hope for yesterday, today, and tomorrow. And the reason that life has meaning as we ponder what this life is all about. […]

Living in the Kingdom

As we are in the midst of Holy Week and are anticipating the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday, I wanted to share an older blog post about what this week means for us as Christians. Remember, it’s not just one week but a lifestyle of living in the kingdom! Happy Easter! […]

Too Many Requests

Good morning my Making Space for God friends! Today I have been working on a series of teachings on unity and prayer for my upcoming Drawing Near Conference in Charleston SC. During my preparation time, I began to click through Safari, email, etc. and my computer just gave up. I admit I was moving fast, […]

Bloom Where You’re Planted (video)

Today, as we’re in the midst of the spring season, I want to share with you a video about blooming where you’re planted. Just like flowers bloom in the spring, God will use us where He plants us. Are you in a desert right now? I encourage you to watch this video and seek God […]

River of His Presence

Today is Making Space for God Monday and I want to share with you a little bit about peace. When we make space for God, His peace becomes available to us. No matter what trial or difficulty you may be facing, God’s peace gives hope. See the below entry from my devotional, Sitting at His […]

His Presence Brings Purpose

This week was the last week of our 2018-2019 Teaching & Worship Experience so we celebrated all that God has done with a Celebration Luncheon. At the luncheon, we announced that next year we will be studying Romans and I & II Samuel (Following the Call) – please stay tuned to our website for more […]

Working from Rest

Friends, I hear from people every day they are overwhelmed with life; emotionally or physically fatigued and even flat-lined in their faith. I have always believed that the enemy of best is good. So as we enter late spring, and end of the school year with ten thousand activities, let’s examine ways to reposition ourselves […]

Stirred Hearts

This week in our study, Living in God’s Presence, our lesson was called Stirred Hearts. You see, we all need to have hearts that are constantly stirred – we need to take action. We looked at the story in Ezra 1. In this Scripture, we see the spiritual principles of a stirred heart. In this […]

Why is Waiting so Hard?

This morning as we make space for God, we are dealing with the issue of waiting. We are all waiting on something or someone. Children have to wait at the school bus stop. We have to wait in traffic, wait in lines at the grocery store or bank, etc. We have to wait on a […]