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

The Stuff that Drives Us Crazy

Today I want to share with you an older blog post that still rings true today – about the stuff that drives us crazy and how we, as Christians, are taught to react. There is a song that I just love about things that drive me crazy (you can listen to it here or below.) In […]

What is Love?

This past weekend we had our Drawing Near to God conference. For those of you who are not familiar with our ministry, check us out.  Our theme was unity, and as one of the keynote speakers, my topic was Christ’s love which is the basis for all true unity. It was His radical love for […]

From Anxiety to Joy

Today I want to talk to you about anxiety. We all get anxious and worried about situations in our lives but Scripture teaches us that praise and worship is the antidote to anxiety. In the below entry from my devotional, Sitting at His Feet, I share the comfort that the Lord gave me in times […]

Did God Really Say?

Today is another glorious day as we seek to Make Space for God together. I am sitting outside listening to the birds and marveling at God’s creation. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep and the Spirit […]

One Spirit

Today I want to talk about unity. Unity has been on my heart for a long time now – unity for our nation, families, churches and communities, and unity with Christ. In fact, Unity: Bringing Hearts Together is the theme for our upcoming Drawing Near to God Conference next week, April 13-14 at Ashley River […]

Resurrection Perspective

Easter morning…. the tomb was empty. It was the single most significant event ever to transpire. Jesus Christ rose from the grave!! Mary was weeping… and then rejoicing when she discovered that Jesus was alive. All hope was buried in the tomb but the grave could not hold Him. RESURRECTION LIFE exploded into reality and […]

Rejoicing in God’s Word

Today was a day of celebration! You see, Drawing Near to God Ministry hosted our annual Celebration Luncheon earlier today. This is a special time each year when we come together and celebrate all that God has done in our midst during the ministry year. Keeping with the theme of celebration, I want to share […]

Worn Out?

Today in my Making Space for God blog, I want to discuss an epidemic that I see in Christian circles–  being worn out. I can easily recognize the symptoms. When asked how you are doing the response is, “I am busy!” Or perhaps I see the same glazed over look in their eyes as I […]

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 […]