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

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 […]

Holy Spirit, Our Guide

This summer I went on a biking trip and throughout the long, and sometimes grueling, days I began to see an analogy between my husband’s help with my cycling efforts and the Holy Spirit who is our Paraclete (meaning comes alongside).  So I decided to share with you some of the insights I learned along […]

Love Never Fails

Today I want to share with you a blog from my daily devotional, Drawing Near to God. The reason I want to share it with you today is because it references a Scripture that is a linchpin for our upcoming study on Romans – Romans 8:37-38. I encourage you to take hold of that Scripture […]

God Will Supply Your Needs

Good morning and welcome to Making Space for God Monday! For those of you who have landed on this blog and are not sure why… then perhaps this is just for you. God is all you will ever need. He is not Santa Claus who brings gifts and then you don’t see him until the […]

Freedom for our Minds

Good morning, Making Space for God community and Happy 4th of July! I hope you have the chance to celebrate the independence we have in the United States today and reflect on the freedom we are granted. In that light, I want to talk a little bit about freedom for our minds. We all get […]

Time to Make Space for God

Friends, it is time to make space for God. Time to unplug ourselves and connect or reconnect with Him. I don’t know what you are going through today, but what I do know is that more and more people seem to be distracted, worn out and have no time for God. Today’s blog is a […]

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 […]