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

Commitment and Freedom

I have been thinking lately a lot about commitment. What does it mean to be fully committed? Why is commitment important? Why is it so difficult to be committed or stick with a commitment? Thought you all might like to explore some of these questions with me. I am intrigued by the two definitions I […]

Grace and Truth

This week in our study of the Gospel of John, we looked at Jesus’ encounter with the Pharisees and the guilty woman. In my teaching, I talked about not only this encounter but also where we’ve been and where we’re going in this study of John — you can catch up via live streaming here. […]

Are You On the Winning Team?

Good morning making space for God friends! I watched my grandson’s final basketball tournament game this past weekend. I am happy to report that his team won the finals. As I watched the game, I was conflicted by praying that my grandson’s team would win. I went between praying for God’s will and praying for […]

Video Blog – Bitterness

Today I want to share with you a video about bitterness. We all have times when we feel bitter towards someone – sometimes even ourselves! Let’s look at what God’s word teaches us about avoiding this —  

What’s Inside You?

Today in my making space blog I want to pose a question: What is inside you?  Jesus had a direct word to the Pharisees of his day: You blind Pharisees! First wash the inside of the cup and dish so that the outside may also be clean (Matthew 23:26) What a way to make friends… but […]

You Raise Me Up

Today at our weekly Bible study, our worship leader, Julianna and special guest, Pastor Paul Coleman, played the beautiful song, You Raise Me Up. You can hear their version via our live streaming. In our lesson, we talked about healing and the areas of our lives that we must allow God to do His work […]

God Has Not Abdicated His Throne

Over the weekend as I was walking through the woods, watching my husband and grandson play disc golf, I had a thought: God has not abdicated His throne As I watched the interaction between grandson and grandfather, I observed a relationship that was secure, safe, fun, and respectful of one another. And then I thought […]

Abundant Peace

Today in our study of the Gospel of John, we talked about Jesus’ encounter with the woman at the well. If you missed it, you can catch up by signing up for an account and watching the streaming here. We continue to talk about transformation and how Jesus transforms us. Today I want to share […]

America the Beautiful

Three days ago we witnessed the inauguration of Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States. No matter what side of the political fence you are on, as Christians we are called to pray for our leaders. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham quoted from Timothy: I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, […]