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 teaches women to make space for God so that God’s presence keeps them from being overwhelmed with life. 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, Drawing Near To God

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.  

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.