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!

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Joanne’s Blog

Fly High or Dive Deep?

Good afternoon, Making Space for God friends! I love “Making Space Monday” blog where I get to share my thoughts with you about ways to grow in our Christian faith. This morning, I have been thinking about whether or not I am the kind of person that likes to fly high or dive deep. Not […]

What Are Offenses?

This week we started a new course, Tearing Down the Fences of Offenses. We all run into offenses at times – it’s part of life. But it’s how we handle them that makes all the difference. We’ll be talking about that in this  short 3-week mini course and I’ll be following it with a longer […]

The Final Exam

Do you remember when you had to prepare for your final exams? One of my most anxiety producing exams was a European history exam. Although I love history, for some reason the dates and time periods were scrambled in my head. I made charts, I wrote notecards, I stayed up endless hours of the night […]

New Year’s Resolutions

Every year during the month of December I spend time talking to God about the New Year and evaluating the past year. I do not approach this as an arduous task but one I look forward to each year. I review the things that went well the past year and think about the things that […]

If You are Happy and You Know It

Happy New Years to our Making Space for God community! I have this tune going through my head as I ring in the New Year, “ If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands… If you’re happy and you know it, tap your head..,” Okay – you can tell I have had lots of time with […]

Video Blog – Offenses

Good morning, Making Space for God community! Today I want to share with you a video blog about offenses. We’ve all been offended in our lives – some of us may have even encountered this over the holidays! But God has a way for us to deal with offenses. Let’s take a look at was […]

Our True Love Gave to Us…

“On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me…” You remember the song, don’t you? The one about the presents that were given by someone’s “true love?” As we prepare for Christmas tomorrow,  I want to encourage you all to make space for our true love, Jesus Christ. Somehow in the midst […]

Christmas Choices

This morning, I want to share with you an entry from my daily devotional, Drawing Near to God. The entry is called Choosing Whom We Will Serve and while we must make this choice daily, we all need a little encouragement this time of year when we can get caught up in the hustle and […]

And the Word Became Flesh

Happy Monday, Making Space for God friends! This morning I have been meditating on the following Scripture: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing […]