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!

Teaching & Worship Experience
Speaking Engagements

Joanne’s Blog

The Human Condition

This week we were back in action, continuing our journey through the book of Isaiah. As those of you who have done one of my studies before know, my Bible studies that are based on specific books of the Bible don’t just focus on that book. Rather, we explore Scripture from both the Old and […]

Releasing Your Past To Realize Your Future

Welcome to Making Space Monday (Making Space for God, that is)! Each week we explore topics that encourage us to make space for God in our busy lives. Last week we watched as hurricane Florence approached the east coast. Living in Charleston and having been through many hurricanes, we know the drill. Watch, prepare, evacuate, […]

Peace that Transcends Understanding

Good morning, Making Space for God friends. Earlier this week, I wrote about setting our God priorities. This can be hard, especially during stressful and crazy times. As many of us our keeping our eye on Florence, I want to share an entry from my devotional, Sitting at His Feet, that points us to our […]

Resetting Your God Priorities

Good morning, Making Space for God friends! Hoping you are finding great ways to make space for God in your life–ways that are fresh and empowering. I have added time to my early morning devotionals as well as trying to find some quiet time in the afternoon after my busy days. It’s not easy. Frankly, […]

Introduction to Isaiah

This was a great week as we kicked off our Teaching & Worship Experience and study of Isaiah! It was so great to see so many new faces and our familiar friends, too. Don’t forget that you sign up to join us via streaming and it’s never too late to join us in person, either! […]

Making Space For God

Most of you have found your way to my blog because you are searching for something more…. peace, significance, words of encouragement, help in suffering, and a myriad of other things. We are all searching for these things. My heart in writing the Making Space for God Monday blog, is to help us find these […]

Video Blog – Isaiah: A Book of Comfort

Good morning, Making Space for God Community! You’ve been hearing me talk about our study on Isaiah for a few weeks now — can you tell I’m getting excited? We start next week and I invite you to join me on this incredible journey as we study this book of consolation and comfort. Below is […]

Game On

Today we are going to Make Space for God together by looking at what causes people to compete with one another. There is healthy competition, such as athletes who have prepared for the competition and are actively charged to go out there and do their best. Then there is competition that involves wanting something that […]

Year of the Eagle

For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you may recall that earlier this year I had the sense that the Lord was telling me that this is the year of the Eagle. You can read more in my blog post, here. Three things that I heard the Lord calling me to do this […]