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

Christmas Beauty

Good morning Making Space for God friends! This week I went to Brookgreen Garden’s magnificent night of 1,000 lights. It was breathtakingly beautiful. The night reminded me of the words of Jesus: I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness but will have the light of life.  This […]

Video Blog – Breathe, Just Breathe

Today we culminated our God is Real semester with a teaching on how God is Real in our Culture.  We had wonderful Christmas worship, too! If you missed it, I’d love for you to watch via live streaming here. In the talk, I talked about sharing Christ with those around us by sharing Christ within us. […]

Remembering the Reason for the Season

Good morning making space for God friends! This blog is dedicated to helping us grow deeper in our walk with God by eliminating the clutter in our spiritual and physical lives. My mission is to help women not be overwhelmed with life but instead be overwhelmed with the love of God. Today I want to […]

Give Thanks through Worship and Praise

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a beautiful day which has been designated for giving thanks. It is also important to remember, though, that we do not need to wait until a Thursday in late November to give thanks to God! Let’s look at the account of Paul and Silas and how their praise and worship opened […]

Kisses from Heaven

The last few weeks have been interesting. We all know that when the word interesting is used it can mean any number of things. It can mean of interest; worthy of our attention, etc. But there are other times when interesting is used to mean not what we bargained for. Describing the last two weeks I would say it […]

God’s Word Builds Up

Today in our Drawing Near to God Bible study we talked about parenting. I encourage you to sign up for an account on our website to watch Jayne’s teaching here.  I want to share with you a little bit about some lies that I was tempted to believe, causing me to feel defeated as a […]

Stress Free Living

Everyone has stress. The definition of stress is a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstance.  How many of you can relate to mental or emotional strain…. or tension or adverse demanding circumstances?  We all can. Stress is a part of our lives however as Christians do we handle [...]

Video Blog – Marriage

This semester, as part of our Drawing Near to God Bible Study, God is Real, we have been blessed with some wonderful guest teachers, Barbara Boatwright, Jayne Gurley, Ann Johnson and Possie Raiford. I encourage you to watch the live streaming of this series to catch up on what you may have missed from their lessons […]

Why Are You Fearful?

Today in my making space for God blog I am addressing the subject of fear. Jesus hit this head on: Why are you fearful O ye of little faith? (Matthew 8:26) Fear is something we all deal with. It’s a given. The real question is why are you fearful? That is what Jesus addressed to […]