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, her weekly Bible study, 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, and Sitting at His Feet and Tell Your Heart to Beat Again, both available in 2016.

An engaging speaker, writer and Bible teacher, Ellison’s speaking style includes both vulnerability and humor and is rooted in her passion for the Bible.

She is a mother of three, grandmother of 11 and has been married for 43 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.

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Joanne’s Blog

Time to Grow Up

Beloved friends, as we make space for God this morning, I want to share a Scripture that is on my heart: Paul writes about unity in the body of Christ beginning with urging the church in Ephesus and throughout the ages that we must walk in the manner worthy of the calling to which we […]

Jesus Has Solved Your Problems

Precious friends. I want you to read this next sentence at least three times so that it can really sink in: Jesus has solved all of your problems.  Sometimes as Christians we say things without really thinking about them or even believing it’s true. For example, we might say, “This problem though unsolvable is in […]

Letting Go of the Old

Happy Making Space for God Monday! Today I want to share with you an excerpt from my newest book, Tell Your Heart to Beat Again. I have previously shared the first chapter of the book, The Weary Church, and today I am sharing with you an excerpt from the second chapter, Letting Go of the […]

The Call of God

Good morning all of you folks who seek to make space for God! I am delighted that you have stopped by to enter into our discussion on making space for the call of God in our lives. God called Jesus to what seemed like absolute disaster. All of His disciples had their hearts broken when […]

Releasing Others Into Their Destiny

Beloved friends, it is time for the body of Christ to take something seriously. We do not live for ourselves but for Christ and our neighbor. For most of us that does not come naturally. Recently I heard something that turned me upside down- ok, maybe really it turned me right side up….   We […]

Where Feet May Fail

Today I want to share with you a song that’s been on my heart lately.  I’m sure many of you have heard it before but today I encourage you to take a few minutes and really listen. Here are a few lines that really stood out to me: The great unknown where feet may fail […]

Making Space to Dream with God

  Welcome to Making Space Mondays! If some of you have wandered onto this site I hope you will continue to be a part of our making space community. My passion is to help women make space for God so they are not overwhelmed with life. Anyone feeling overwhelmed today? I want to share something […]

Never Say Never

Have you ever had to eat your words? Have you ever wished you had not said what you said and as soon as it comes out of your mouth you know it was not wise? I used to do that in my child rearing days. I would look at a child acting out and say: […]