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, grandmother, great-grandmother and wife.  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
Speaking Engagements

Joanne’s Blog

Living a Purpose Driven Life

  So much has been written in recent years about living a purpose-filled life. Rick Warren wrote an excellent book on this subject. But the best book ever written on purpose is Paul’s letter written to the Christians in Rome.  Renowned theologian, N.T. Wright calls it his masterpiece because it covers so many different topics […]

Our Spiritual Weapons

Good morning fellow Making Space for God friends! Today I want to focus on spiritual warfare. How about that light topic for a Monday morning?! Paul writes this about spiritual warfare: The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Corinthians […]

Gold Plate

As the new school year begins and our personal commitments change. I thought it may be helpful to review a previous blog post about my “Gold Plate” and take time to reevaluate what is on our plate.  What needs to be removed and what needs to be added? Join me in Making Space for God […]

Success Is Not Measured by Likes

Good morning Drawing Near Community! Today on my making space for God Monday, I am addressing the subject of significance and success. Let’s start out together agreeing that we cannot measure our success or significance by how many likes we get on Facebook or Instagram. But if I had to guess, many do. Everyone likes […]

The Story of God’s Love

As we start planning for the fall semester of our Teaching and Worship Experience studying the book of Romans, I thought I would share a special devotional post with you today.  This post, from my daily devotional, Drawing Near to God, is about God’s love for us.  Join me as we unwrap this gift of God’s […]

Truth Is

How many times have you heard someone say, “ The truth is….” It’s just something we say when we want to emphasize that what we are getting ready to say is the honest truth. The problem is that there are so many ideas, philosophies and religions that purport to be telling the truth. As Christians […]

Pressing On

Good morning, Drawing Near to God community! Recently, I had the honor of preaching at my home church, St. Andrew’s in Mt. Pleasant. The title of my sermon was Pressing On, with the focus Scripture being Philippians 3.1-16. Here are some of the key points from the sermon, which you can listen to on the […]

Easier Said Than Done

Today on my Making Space Monday (for God that is!) I want to discuss how impossible it seems to grow fruit. Now I don’t mean fruit such as what grows on trees but fruit that grows in our hearts. Paul called this collectively “fruit” of the Spirit. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, […]

Temple of the Holy Spirit (Video)

Earlier this week, I wrote about the Holy Spirit, Our Guide. Today I want to continue on that track of exploring the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives by talking about our body being the temple of the Holy Spirit. In the video below, we look at Paul’s words that tell us to make space […]