Speaking Engagements

Inspiring Christian Speaker

Speaking-imageJoanne engages large groups of women as if she’s speaking to them one-on-one. Articulate and energetic, Joanne speaks with passion and purpose. She is a wise advisor for Christian women who want to dive deeper in their relationship with God.  Join an upcoming speaking event to hear Joanne’s encouragement for women and the church today. 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 is a mother of three, grandmother of 11 and has been married for 44 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.


“Joanne Ellison has a remarkable ability to transform a Biblical passage or story into a tangible, real world lesson that provides inspiration for our daily lives. Her ability to connect with so many is a powerful testament to the strength in her faith and the depth of her Biblical understanding.” Jenny Sanford, First Lady of South Carolina

“Joanne Ellison is an excellent communicator, and her studies take you into a wonderfully clear knowledge of who God really is, and what He is like. I have no doubt you will indeed draw near to Him, and even more important, you will discover how glad He is to draw near to you.” Bruce Collins, Director, New Wine International

“Through the teaching ministry of Joanne Ellison, the Founder of Drawing Near to God Ministries, participants have the opportunity to engage the timeless treasure of Scripture. Joanne has the rare ability to bring to life, through exposition and practical application, God’s Word to His people. Each session of Drawing Near is an opportunity for men and women to stand face-to-face with their Creator as they engage in worship, teaching and small group discussions. After many years of hosting and participation in DNG I now have literally hundreds of my church members whose faith has been deepened.” The Reverend Steve Wood, Rector, St. Andrew’s Church, Mount Pleasant, SC

“I have had the privilege of sharing the platform with Joanne Ellison, and always have been inspired and impressed with the way she skillfully presents the Word of God. Her teachings are totally Biblical and practical while pointing the way to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As you hear Joanne speak, you will know she has knowledge, a heart for God, and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. If you hear her once, you will surely want to hear her again and again.” Ketty Palau Green, California

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Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, July 22, 2018 – St. Andrew’s Church Services at Mt. Pleasant Academy, Mt. Pleasant, SC (9:00 am and 10:45 am services)

Previous Events

May 9, 2018 – Mother/Daughter Banquet, First Presbyterian Church, Moncks Corner, SC

April 27 – 29, 2018 –  Rock Presbyterian Church Women’s Retreat, Montreat, NC

April 13 – 14, 2018 – Drawing Near to God Conference, Charleston, SC

March 18, 2018 – St. Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC (9:00 am and 10:45 am services, Ministry Center)

March 17, 2018 –  Christ Community Church, Sumter, SC

March 4-8, 2018 – Legacy Leaders Conference, Colorado Springs, CO

October 14, 2017 – Church of Our Savior, Johns Island, SC

September 22-24, 2017 – Pawley’s Island, SC

July 12, 2017 – St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Luncheon, Charleston, SC 

March 6, 2017  -Fun & Frolic Conference, Washington DC

September 17, 2016 – First Baptist Church of James Island Women’s Retreat, James Island, SC

August 27, 2016 – New Wine Conference, St. Andrew’s Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC

June 23, 2016 – ACNA Bishop’s Wives Meeting, Mt. Pleasant, SC

April 12-15, 2016 –  National Women’s Conference

April 8 – 9, 2016 – God is Real Conference , Charleston, SC

February 11-12, 2016  Sumter, SC

February 2016 –  Make Your Day Count TV Show

February 6, 2016 – Greek Orthodox Retreat, Charleston, SC

October 26, 2015, Christ Episcopal Church, Mt. Pleasant, SC

August 14-25, 2015,Mother’s Union and Cathedral in Nairobi, Africa

July 30, 2015, Ashley River Baptist Church Women’s Tea, Charleston, SC

July 17, 2015, OSL North America 2015 Conference, Mt. Pleasant, SC

April 24-25, 2015, God is Real Conference, Mt. Pleasant, SC

May 9, 2015 – Diocesan Conference, Mount Pleasant , SC

March 11,18 & 25, 2015, St. Peter’s Church

March 10, 2015, St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, SC

February 25, 2015,  Women of  St. Andrew’s, Mount Pleasant , SC

February 21, 2015,  Lenten Quiet Day, St. Elizabeth’s Chapter of the Daughter’s of the King, Charleston, SC

October 21, 2014, Charleston Leadership Foundation, Women of Wisdom Luncheon, St. Andrew’s, Mt. Pleasant, SC

September 21, 2014, St. John’s Episcopal Church, Charleston, SC

May 10, 2014,  Morning of Healing Prayer,  St. Andrew’s, Mount Pleasant, SC

March 20-23  2014, Lamb Institute Leadership Conference II, Honduras

February 23-26, 2014, National Women’s Ministry Conference, Nashville, TN

February 21-23, 2014, St. Andrews Women’s Retreat, Myrtle Beach, SC

January 25, 2014, Trinity Women’s Event, Myrtle Beach, SC

January 8, 2014, St. Andrews Women’s Huddle, Mount Pleasant, SC

September 26, 2013 Lamb Institute Leadership Conference, Honduras

September 21, 2013 James Island Presbyterian JOY Women’s Event, SC

August 23, 2013 Christian Mental Health Workshop, SC

August 12, 2013 Ladies Luncheon, Lake Toxaway, NC

April 26, 2013 LifePark Women’s Night, SC

April 20, 2013 Johns Island Presbyterian Women’s Retreat, SC

April 5-7, 2013 Pawley’s Island Women’s Retreat, SC

March 21, 2013 Set Free to Serve Workshop, Mount Pleasant, SC

March 19, 2013 Young Christian Professionals, SC

March 14, 2013 St. Andrews Worship Team, Mount Pleasant, SC

March 15-17, 2013 Episcopal Women’s Retreat, Virginia Beach, VA

March 1-3, 2013 Annual Women’s Retreat, Tulsa, OK

February 24-27, 2013 Ministry Network Group, St. Simons Island, SC

February 16, 2013 Quiet Day, St. Elizabeth’s Chapter of the Daughters of the King, Charleston, SC