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

Being A Kingdom of God Woman

Today in our study of Ephesians, we looked at Ephesians 5:21-33. This text often gets people talking because it deals with submission, particularly in the realm of marriage. As you know, I often share my notes from my teachings here on the blog. So first, let’s dive a little into marriage as the text lays […]

Taking Back the Ground

Good morning Making Space for God friends! Recently someone prayed for me to take back the land. Honestly I did not know why she prayed that, but upon reflecting, I knew it was the Lord. I thought about all the prayers I had been praying for years and more specifically how I was praying. My […]


Today in our study of Ephesians, we looked at Righteousness. The Scriptures for today’s lesson is Ephesians 5:5-21. These verses show that we are called be righteous, imitators of God. I started out my teaching today with a video. You can watch it here or embedded on the blog: This video helps demonstrate our text for today. You […]

Be Careful What You Think

Welcome to Making Space Monday (for God, that is!) As we continue our journey of spiritual growth together, I want to address our thought life. Scripture is clear that as a man thinks so he is. This is one of my favorite Scriptures because it always gives me cause to observe my actions to see […]

The Enemy Destroyed

Those of you who follow my blog regularly know that right now we are the midst of studying Ephesians at our Teaching & Worship Experience each week. I often share my teaching notes on the blog but today I want to share with you Scripture from Ephesians that I used in one of my daily […]

Keep it Simple

This weekend I kept thinking of ways to simplify my life. My New Year’s resolution (after praying and asking the Lord what was on His heart) was to be intentional, strategic and to simplify. Part of me thought that was just wishful thinking. But I committed this to prayer seeking God’s will for my life […]

Unity in Christ

This week in our study of Ephesians, we studied the text in Ephesians 4:1-16. The theme of this text is Unity – now, unity is different than uniformity. In this Scripture, we see a new society. Here are 3 characteristics of this new society: Character that reflects Christ Unity that reflects the unity between Father, […]

His Love Endures Forever

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, His love endures forever.  Give thanks to the the Lord of lords. His love endures forever To Him alone who does great wonders, His love endures forever. This is just the beginning of Psalm 136 which continues in the same vein– reminding God’s people that in all that […]

Spirit and Power

If you follow my blog each week, you know that we are studying Ephesians at our Teaching & Worship Experience each week. If you’re new, please know that you can always join us live in the Charleston area or by streaming wherever you are (or whenever you want to join). You may also know that […]