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

Do You Want to See Jesus?

Welcome to Making Space Mondays! As a community of faith, we are on a journey to make space for God so let’s start our week off with a question: ” Do you want to see Jesus?” There was  man named Zacchaeus who wanted to see him. No doubt he had heard about him as word […]

Misdirected Zeal

This week as we continue our study in Romans, we focus on Romans 10: Misdirected Zeal. For I can testify about the they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not […]

Peace and Joy on the Earth

We are officially at the beginning of Advent; a time to focus on the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ; a time to reflect and rejoice and remember why we celebrate Christmas– the coming of Christ! Reflect Rejoice Remember Mary, the mother of Jesus had a surprise visit from the angel Gabriel. He seems to […]

Giving Thanks through Worship and Praise

Happy Thanksgiving! Today is a beautiful day which has been designated for giving thanks. It is also important to remember, though, that we do not need to wait until a Thursday in late November to give thanks to God! Let’s look at the account of Paul and Silas and how their praise and worship opened […]

Give Thanks (Video Blog)

This morning as we approach Thanksgiving day, I am reminded how blessed we are to live in this country- the home of the free and the brave; the home where we can worship freely- one nation under God. We must remember that God still sits on the throne of this world and that His purposes […]

God’s Promises Stand

This week in our study of Romans, we looked at Romans 9 and how God’s promises stand. It is important for us as we study Romans 9 to keep the “bigger picture” in mind. What emerges is a picture Paul paints with words and at the end, we will see the whole painting. For example, […]

Waiting on God’s Promises

In preparation for this week’s lesson that I am teaching titled “God’s Promises Stand” we are focusing on Roman chapter 9. By the way, you are welcome to join us live or online anytime. In my quiet time this morning as I read through this chapter, I imagined Paul writing to his friends, his Jewish […]

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 […]