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

From Darkness to Light

Today I want to look at a scripture that has been on my heart. Paul writes in his letter to the Colossians: For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son He loves. (Colossians 1:13) Think about that for a moment. As Christians, as believers […]

Guest Blog – Qualified

Last month, I shared a guest blog post from my friend,  Sally Wallace. Sally is the women’s ministry leader for St. Andrew’s Church. A little more about Sally: I am an English teacher, attorney, and mom of four kids.  The only way this is accomplished with sanity is through the power of prayer; hence, this blog. […]

Dreaming with God

Consider this statement with me for a minute as we Make Space for God together on this beautiful Monday morning: Every dream must have a plan. Do you have a dream? Do you sense that God is calling you to do something, shift your path and follow your dreams? I recall listening to a speaker […]

Press On

As I mentioned in a blog post last week, I recently had the privilege of being a guest preacher at my church, St. Andrew’s Church in Mt. Pleasant. Our church recently had a fire – you can read more about it in this blog post – and our church is meeting at a local school […]

Broken and Beautiful

Good morning Making Space for God friends! I have been enjoying summer with lots of grandchildren coming and going (mostly coming:)) and loving it. My schedule is a bit freed up in the summer so I take advantage of every minute I can have with them. This week we went to the beach with my […]

Our Burning Bush

Today I want to share with you the day’s entry for my daily devotional, Drawing Near to God. As a reminder, you can follow along with the devotional on our website or via our mobile app. It’s great to do the devotional with friends and family too – I know I’ve enjoyed doing the devotional […]

Training Tips

Good afternoon, Making Space for God friends! Yesterday I had the privilege of preaching at my church, St. Andrew’s, in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The theme of my sermon was “Press On” and I used Paul’s letter to the Philippians to help illustrate this topic. So, today I wanted to share with you an older blog […]

Peace That Transcends Understanding

Are you seeking peace today? Below is an entry from my devotional, Sitting at His Feet, with encouragement that the Lord has given me when I have been seeking peace. No matter what situation we are facing in our lives, He encourages us to turn to Him, our Prince of Peace, for a peace that […]

Video Blog – What Marriage is as Christian Believers

Good morning, Making Space for God friends! Today I want to share with you something that’s been on my heart – what marriage means as Christian believers. Whether or not you’re married or have been married, marriage paints a beautiful picture for us of spiritual growth. I specifically want to share with you three things […]