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

Video Blog – The Perfect Woman

Does anyone ever start reading Proverbs 31 and your heart starts pounding? That’s happened to me. But the truth is, this passage (which I encourage you to read today), has some precious gems for us as a guide for how to live. Let’s take a look together in this video blog:

What Rules Your Day?

I have a question for our Making Space for God community today. What would you say rules your day? In case that question seems a bit vague, let me ask you this in another way. What do you spend the most time thinking about? Your job Your next meal Relationships Fear What would you say […]

Fear’s Travel Companions

Earlier this week I wrote about how fear is a bully. But fear doesn’t always travel alone – he brings along some companions. Below is in an entry from my devotional, Sitting at His Feet, which comes from my personal journal entries and the comfort the Lord gave me during times of fear. Here you’ll […]

Fear is a Bully

Today’s blog is about Making Space in our lives for courage. Fear is simply a bully. At one point or another, we have all experienced a bully—that person who tries to intimidate and control you. I had a friend in elementary school who was a certified bully. Kids would either avoid her or cower under […]

Video Blog – Bloom Where You’re Planted

Did you get a chance to enjoy the beautiful blooms this spring? I think that flowers demonstrate a beautiful picture for us – blooming where they are planted. I want to share with you today an old video blog about blooming where you’re planted. Are you in a desert period right now? Or just feeling disappointed? […]

Love Has a Name

Lately I have been hearing a whole lot of talk about love– what love is and what it is not both in secular and in faith circles. And what I find fascinating is that we talk about love in so many ways. Love is defined. according to Google search, as An intense feeling of deep affection, […]

Joshua’s Faithful Response

Today I want to share with you the day’s entry for my daily devotional, Drawing Near to God. I love when you follow the devotional along with me. In fact, my family members and I are doing my daily devotional together this year and discussing it via text message – it’s been really fun! You […]

God Bless America

Today we celebrate Memorial Day. Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. As Christians, we have a [...]

A Road Filled with Hope

Earlier this week, I wrote a blog post, Worrying is Not an Option. When we worry, we are wasting our time and more. I encourage you to read the most for more thoughts on worry.  The antidote to worry is trusting God. On that note, I wanted to share with you the comfort the Lord has […]