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!

Teaching & Worship Experience
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Joanne’s Blog

More than Conquerors

This week in our study of Romans, we continued in Romans 8, focusing on Romans 8:28, which I like to call the Mount Everest of Scripture. I believe there is no passage of Scripture that holds more comfort for believers during trials than this verse. We live in a world of tension between good and […]

Time is Short (Guest Blog)

Good morning, Making Space for God community! Today I want to share with you a guest post from Mark Andrews, a friend and Drawing Near to God Board of Directors member. Mark’s post, “Time is Short” reminds us, especially during this busy season, about the importance of using our time wisely, and using it to […]

Living the Spirit-Filled Life

This week as we continued our journey through Romans, we talked about living a Spirit-filled life. In Romans, Paul built upon the struggle that was expressed in Romans 7 – the struggle between sin and man. In our lesson this week, looking at Romans 8, Paul now turns his focus to the Holy Spirit, the […]

About this Time of Year

About this time of year, we start gearing up for the holidays. I have a confession to make. I don’t want to sound grumpy but I wish we would really gear down. I wish this season really was a holiday– a time to be refreshed; a time to be reflective, to soak in the glory […]

Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ

This week in our journey through Romans, we dove into Romans 6 and looked at how we are “Dead to Sin, Alive in Christ.” What does that mean, exactly? Well, in this chapter, Paul paints a glorious picture of our baptism from death to life. In Romans 5 he writes that while we were still […]

The Effects of Reconciliation

Good afternoon, Drawing Near to God community! This week in our journey through Romans, we looked at the Effects of Reconciliation with God, focusing on Romans 5:8: But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 Isn’t that powerful? While we were yet […]

In an Instant

Good afternoon, Drawing Near friends! I am grateful that the Lord has gathered us in Christ as part of a community that longs to draw nearer to God. Together we are strengthened as we pursue our faith. This past Thursday, my mother fell and broke her hip. In an instant, she ended up on her […]

Justification by Faith

Good afternoon, Drawing Near to God community! I’m so grateful that many of you are joining me on this journey through Romans, either at our live Teaching & Worship Experience, by streaming or here on the blog. This week we continued our journey with Romans 4, looking at Justification by Faith. Beginning with Romans 1:17, Paul […]