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

God Still Speaks Even about Elections

Good morning making space for God friends! I love Monday when I can start my week off with sharing my heart with each of you. This blog is dedicated to helping encourage women ( and men:) ) to make Jesus Christ our main priority. And to do this we must: Make space for Him in […]

Guest Blog – Fleeing Worry and Pursuing God

Today I want to share with you a guest blog post from one of our Drawing Near to God leaders, Louise Hughes. Louise recently shared this wonderful story with our team and I wanted you to have the chance to hear it (or rather, read it), too. Thank you, Louise, for sharing this wonderful testimony […]

Video Blog – Stress

Today is Making Space for God Monday! For some of you that were impacted by Hurricane Matthew, I pray that you and your families are safe and well. Whether it was a storm or something else in your life, chances are that you encountered some stress in the past week. Today I want to share with […]

Trust in God to Know What is Best

Are you facing a situation that you’re having a hard time trusting in God with? Today I want to share an entry from my Drawing Near to God devotional about trusting God to know what is best. I hope it is encouraging to you! Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not […]

Prayers for Our Nation

Good morning friends! As we take a moment to pause and make space for God at the top of our week, I want us to consider how important it is that we pray daily for our nation. We live in a blessed nation, diverse, filled with innovators, and those who truly love our country. It […]

Video – Poor Self Image

Today at our God is Real Bible study, I taught on Body Image. You can watch the live stream here. This is a very real topic that many of us (including myself!) have dealt with throughout our lives. But the most wonderful thing is how God sees us. He sees us through His lenses – he […]

God’s Perspective on Your Body

Welcome to my making space Monday blog. We aren’t making space for just anything or just anyone… we are diligently together seeking to make space for God. The stress of the world’s messages are getting to be too much. Let’s take a moment together and see what God says about the way He sees us […]

God is Real in Your Priorities

This semester in my Drawing Near to God class we are dealing with subjects that impact all women.  This past week I taught on God being real in our priorities and I want to share some of the sound bites from my teaching. In the 12th chapter of Genesis, Abram heard God’s voice calling him […]

Video – Who Do You Say That I Am?

Today I want to share with you a video from back in the vault. 🙂 A friend of mine shared this on Facebook this past week and I laughed because it is from several years back when I recorded videos on my simple “flip camera.” Our technology may have upgraded but the message remains the […]