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!

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Joanne’s Blog

Don’t Miss the View

Happy Thursday, Making Space for God, community. Do you ever see #throwbackThursday pictures on social media? Well, today we’re going to do a “Throwback Thursday” right here on the blog. Below is a throwback to an older blog post – almost 10 years old, wow! – but the message still rings true. Many of you […]

Aging with Grace

As I age, I continuously hear women saying, “I want to age with grace.” What in the world does that mean? Does it mean to smile and bear it, not color your hair, grit your teeth and act like you like this thing call aging? No. I don’t think it means any of those things. […]

The Perfect Woman (Video Blog)

This morning I want to talk to you about woman depicted in the Proverbs 31 Scripture. When you read this Scripture, does your heart start to pound? Mine does. But the truth is, when we read this Scripture, there are some precious gems for us to hold true as women. Let’s dive in together in […]

What Was I Thinking?

Have you ever said to yourself, ” What was I thinking?” We all have! There are times that we do things and we wonder if we checked our mind out for a few minutes or even a few days.  Often when we say this we are having regrets and perhaps even condemning ourselves for making […]

The Bondage of Pride

Good morning, Making Space for God community! Today I want to talk to you about pride. That’s a pretty hefty issue, isn’t it? And one we often like to ignore. Today’s entry from my Drawing Near to God devotional deals with this subject of pride. Speaking of the devotional, it’s a great way to stay […]

Live for Each Day

A few weeks ago, I had a true, whirlwind of a weekend! My son graduated from Medical school and relatives were in town. Such fun. I learned something significant over that weekend. Don’t miss out on today.  Sounds so simple but I think sometimes we are either caught up in past or looking towards the […]

From Feeling Powerless to Powerful

Good morning, Making Space for God community! If you have been keeping up with my blog lately, you’ll see that there has been a theme – anxiety. But really the theme has been the antidote to anxiety – God. As we make space for God, we find there is less room for anxiety. You can […]

Taking Away the Heavy Yoke

Good morning, Making Space for God community! Now that we’re “unofficially” into summer, let’s talk about rest. For some people, summer can be a truly restful time – no school or schedules. And for others, it seems even crazier than the school year, with vacations, family visiting, camps, etc. But God invites us [...]