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

Show Us Your Glory

This week in our study, Living in God’s Presence, we talked all about God’s glory. We reviewed the story of Moses in Exodus 33 and the “crossroads” point of his life. We all face crossroads points in our life. If you’re not at one now, you will be. The most important crossroads we will encounter […]

Raising Girls

Good morning Drawing Near community! The favorite part of my week is to blog on different subjects of interest and normally of interest to both men and women. This week I am addressing a subject that was brought to my attention by one of my Drawing Near leaders. And by the way, these leaders are […]

Friend of God

Happy Valentine’s Day to our Drawing Near to God community! As God would have it, this week in our study, Living in God’s Presence, we talked about the friendship and true love we have in God. His timing is perfect! You see, Jesus came not with the love of power but with the power of love. […]

Kick Fear to the Curb

Last week in a course that I am currently teaching, Living in God’s Presence, we looked at the life of Moses and how he fled his place of honor as an adopted child of Pharaoh’s daughter. He saw a Hebrew man who was a slave, being beaten by an Egyptian and enraged, he killed him. […]

Consuming Fire

Good afternoon, Drawing Near to God community! We are continuing our journey through my study, Living in God’s Presence. The theme of this week is “Consuming Fire.” In this week’s study, we looked at Moses’ encounter with God through the burning bush. Here’s a short video clip that we watched that really [...]

Hope is More Than You Think

Hope is more than you think. It is not some pie-in-the-sky wishful thinking. It is not a just a vision of a preferable future (although that’s good to have). It is not Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz who thought if she could just close her eyes and click her red shoes she would be […]

Where Can I Go?

Good afternoon! This week we began our second course of the semester, Living in God’s Presence. It’s never too late to join us live or via streaming, so please join in! Here’s a snapshot of what we’ll be looking at this semester in our study guide – Where Can I Go? Consuming Fire Friend of […]

The Reality of God’s Presence

Good morning and welcome to our community of folks who simply want to make space for God but are having difficulty finding time to do it! Drawing Near to God is a community based in Charleston SC and impacting our nation with the Gospel. Together we have been exploring how to understand the reality of […]

Preventing the Offense Trap

For those of you who have been following my blog for the past two weeks, you know that we are currently in my course, Tearing Down the Fences of Offenses. This was our final week of this mini-course but we’ll follow up with more about how we fill our space with “God space” instead of […]