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 – What Marriage is as Christian Believers

Good morning, Making Space for God friends! Today I want to share with you something that’s been on my heart – what marriage means as Christian believers. Whether or not you’re married or have been married, marriage paints a beautiful picture for us of spiritual growth. I specifically want to share with you three things […]

Guest Blog Post – Striving

Good morning! Today I want to share with you a fabulous blog post from my friend, Sally Wallace. Sally is the women’s ministry leader for St. Andrew’s Church. A little more about Sally: I am an English teacher, attorney, and mom of four  kids.  The only way this is accomplished with sanity is through the […]


This morning I decided to have my devotional time outside as the sun was rising. I expected it to be a serene quiet time but the activity of the birds and squirrels made it fairly noisy! I loved watching the birds on the feeder. And then… a persistent squirrel made his way to the bird […]

Rebuilding Ancient Ruins

Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe Independence Day holiday yesterday! We are so blessed to live in the United States and to enjoy the freedom and liberty our country provides. Today I want to reflect on the freedom that the Lord also provides. It is He who repairs the broken-down areas of our lives. […]

Feed My Sheep

Good morning and welcome to Making Space  for God Mondays where as a community of believers we seek to make space for God. Today we are going to answer the question: What field has God placed us in and who are we supposed to be feeding? What I mean in common language is; Where has God placed me […]

Jehovah, the Promise Keeper

My blog post earlier this week, When God Says No, dealt with the the three deadly “d”s — disappointment, discouragement, disillusionment. Today I want to talk to you a little bit about disappointment. You see, we all face our share of disappointments and God will not always answer our prayers when – or in the same way […]

When God Says No

Does anyone get frustrated with God? Anyone ever been disappointed with God when things did not turn out the way you had planned or even hoped for? Every person has experienced these things and as a Christian, the question remains, “How do we react when God says no?” This is especially significant when we were […]

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 […]