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

America the Beautiful

Three days ago we witnessed the inauguration of Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States. No matter what side of the political fence you are on, as Christians we are called to pray for our leaders. Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham quoted from Timothy: I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, […]

God With Us

As some of you may know, we are currently studying the Gospel of John using Max Lucado’s study guide at our weekly Bible study.  If you aren’t currently attending or watching via live stream, I encourage you to go back and watch the live stream for the past 3 weeks – the introduction and lessons one […]

In the Beginning

Many of you know that I am presently teaching a study on the Gospel of John. You can also watch streaming here.  Last week’s teaching focused on the first few verses in the Bible and the first view verses in the gospel of John: In the beginning GOD… (Genesis 1:) In the beginning was the […]

Tell Your Heart to Beat Again

Those of you who follow my blog or attend our weekly Bible study have probably heard about my new book which has launched, Tell Your Heart to Beat Again. So many women come up to me and tell me how they are stressed and over-committed and they want to declutter their lives. That is why […]

The Spirit Filled Life

On the last day of the feast known as the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus stood up and cried out after the processional led by a priest carrying a golden pitcher of water drawn from the Pool of Siloam was poured on the base of the altar: If anyone thirsts let him come to me and drink. […]

Video Blog – Superwoman Syndrome

Today I want to share with you a video that I think is a very pertinent message for women today. Do you ever feel like you have to be “superwoman”? Women have a tendency to overcommit because we are great at multitasking; able to juggle many balls. But just because we are able does not mean […]

The Year of Transformation

Good morning Making Space for God friends! We have now entered the year 2017! I remember as a child thinking about the future and could hardly believe that there would be a day when we would enter the year 2,000. And here we are way beyond that. And… Jesus’ crucifixion date, though exactness is uncertain, […]

Video Blog – Press On

Today I want to share with you a video about pressing on in our spiritual journeys. Whether you’re exhausted from hectic holidays or you’re just ready to turn over the calendar to the New Year, it’s important that we keep pressing on. God has great things for you! Happy New Year, Drawing Near to God […]

Guest Blog Post – Champions

Today I want to share with you special guest post from one of our Drawing Near to God leaders, Maggie. Each year, Maggie shares a “Grace Christmas Message” that ties her sweet daughter Grace, who has Down syndrome, to the love of God. Below is this year’s Christmas message that Maggie shared with her family and friends. […]