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 of three, grandmother of 11 and has been married for 45 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.

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!

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Joanne’s Blog

A Life of Spiritual Blessing

Today in our study of Ephesians, we looked at Ephesians 1:1-14. From these verses, we learn that we are: Chosen Adopted Redeemed Forgiven We see this through the Father electing (vs. 4-6), the Son redeeming (7-12) and the Holy Spirit sealing (13-14). As you know, I like to share my notes from my teaching on […]

God is Still on the Throne

This week in my Making Space for God post, I want to address the subject of feeling powerless. I have been talking to many people who are in despair for a multitude of reasons. It’s something that at one time or another we all deal with and often we find that hopelessness jumps into the […]

Introduction to Ephesians

This week was the kick-off to our study of Ephesians and it was so great to see friendly faces and meet new friends, too! It’s never too late to join us at a live study in the Charleston area (now offered at 2 locations) or via streaming. I always like to share my notes from […]

Making Space for God in the New Year

Happy New Year, Making Space for God friends! Have any of you decided to set goals for the New Year? Mine are to be more intentional, strategic, simplify and minimize. Please join me as we make space for God in the New Year to study Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and together we will make […]

Joshua’s Faithful Response

Earlier this week on the blog, I proposed that, as a Drawing Near to God community, we resolve to Listen More in 2018 – listen to God, that is. We live in a noisy world so we must be intentional in order to listen to what God is saying.  This year, my family and I (10 […]

Listen More

Happy New Year (and Making Space for God Monday)! As we start the New Year, I’d like to propose that, as a Drawing Near to God community,  we make a resolution to listen more – to listen to God’s voice and to each other. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with […]

Plans to Prosper

As we look toward the New Year and people make plans, hopes and aspirations, I thought I would share an entry from my Drawing Near to God devotional (which you can also read online, receive each day in your inbox or view on our mobile app. Remember that God has plans for you and to […]

Jesus Formed in the Womb

Have you ever thought about Jesus being formed in Mary’s womb? The last few days I have been thinking about this. Scripture tells us that we are fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image– that we were formed in our mother’s womb. And Jesus was too… Though He was the Son of God… He was […]

A Greater Yes

Here we are in the final days of Advent, waiting and preparing for the birth of Jesus. However, I want to talk to you today about a different kind of waiting… waiting for the desires of your heart to be fulfilled. As you reflect on the past year, you may feel that you have just […]