Joanne Ellison

Meet Joanne: Christian Author, Speaker and Bible Teacher

Joanne EllisonFounder of national nonprofit Drawing Near to God based in Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Joanne Ellison helps Christian women navigate their way around the distractions of life and into the presence of God. Ellison has reached thousands through her motivational speeches, books, CDs and DVDs. As a Christian author, she has written 20 Bible study guides as well as the popular 365-day Bible devotional, Draw Near To God (available at

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 some 5,000 women through her weekly Bible study and original resources.  The Christian author is currently working on a book tentatively titled Making Space for God, which is scheduled to be released in 2014. In it, Ellison uses a well-known Bible story in Luke 10 about two sisters—Martha, who is frustrated because she is focused on all of the preparations to make her home just right for Jesus, and Mary who is at peace because her focus is simply on Jesus. Ellison wants women to know that to be a better Martha they must first learn to be a better Mary.

Ellison is an engaging Christian motivational speaker, author, and Bible teacher. Her speaking style includes both vulnerability and humor and is rooted in her passion for the Bible.

The Christian author and motivational speaker is a mother of three, grandmother of 11 and has been married for 41 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.