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!

Teaching & Worship Experience
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Joanne’s Blog

Come Out of Hiding

Good morning, Making Space for God friends. I always enjoy our time together on Making Space Mondays, unpacking topics that impact our spiritual growth. Recently I have been working on preparing notes for a retreat entitled, “Come Out of Hiding,” and as the Lord often does, I sensed the Holy Spirit working in me, exposing […]

A River Never Ceasing

Today I want to talk to you about loneliness. You see, we all may feel lonely at times. We can be surrounded by a sea of people and still feel this way. As you may know if you’ve followed my blog before, I sometimes share entries from my devotional, Sitting at His Feet, here. The […]

Forgetting the Past

I have been thinking a lot lately about why it is so difficult to put our past behind us– specifically those things we would rather forget. We sometimes simply get stuck in the past and find it impossible to grab hold of the future. With one hand in the past, it is difficult to move […]

A New Humanity

In this week’s study of Ephesians, we look at Ephesians 2:11-22. In this text, we’re looking at walls of hostility.  As you know, I share my notes from the teaching here on the blog. In the first few lines of this text, Paul is focusing on the Gentiles who were: Alienated from God and thus without […]

You are Irreplaceable

Welcome to Making Space for God Monday!  Some of you may never have been on this blog site. Stick with us. Together we are finding ways to make space for God. Today my topic is reminding you that you are irreplaceable. Yes, you! In ministry, I spend a great deal of time with so many […]

A Life of Resurrection

I love our Teaching & Worship Experience and how it brings us together each week, either through our live study, streaming/community groups or here on the blog. So today I wanted to share with you some of my notes from this week’s lesson. This week, we looked at Ephesians 2:1-10. In this text,  Paul’s letter […]

Who Am I?

Happy Monday and thanks for joining our band of Making Space for God friends. I told someone yesterday that we need to do this together. Paul describes in his letter to the Ephesians, that we are a community bound together in our love for Jesus. We are on this spiritual journey of deepening our faith […]

A Life of Prayer

Today in our study of Ephesians, we looked at Ephesians 1 15:23. As you know, I share notes from my teachings here on the blog. In this lesson, as we look at Paul’s prayer, we see: He goes directly to God in prayer. There is no go-between He prays for wisdom and revelation and hearts […]

Come Just As You Are

Good morning, Making Space for God friends! Last week as I was preparing to meet some friends for dinner, I looked in the mirror and thought, “Boy, do I look terrible.” I even entertained the idea of not going because facing the redo that was needed was daunting. It was the end of the day […]