The only legal way for public school students to study the Bible academically and devotionally during the school day.
Ohio Needs Released Time
We understand the importance of equipping you to serve the students in your community, in the way you feel led. For the past 13 years, we have been leading Ohio's Christians to offer Released Time Bible Education Ministry programs for their public school students.
We've been blessed to play a role in starting, growing, and sustaining Released Time programs which serve more than 50 school districts across Ohio. In 2014, we took the lead to educate Ohio's legislature, which passed a law codifying Released Time and offering high school credit. The number of school districts with RT policies has more than doubled; now, over 60% of all districts already have a policy - and others can, too.
MEET OUR STAFF & BOARD
Jennifer Laursen, J. D.
Jennifer Laursen has served as Executive Director of SMO since its incorporation in 2007 and State Director for School Ministries, the largest association of Released Time Bible Education programs. Married to Finn Laursen, mom to three and grandma to five, Jenni's life verse is Philippians 3:10-11: “I want to know Christ—yes...becoming like Him in his death, and so, somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead."
Coming from a background in Chemical Engineering and organizing archery clubs around the state, Brant Yount serves on the staff of School Ministries Ohio as part of our team of Regional Consultants. One of his favorite verses is Psalm 143:8: "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life."
Sara Pahl, C.P.A.
Sara has served as a member of the School Ministries Ohio board since 2011. She loves that Released Time provides a resource for public school students to learn about Jesus and to grow in their faith. Philippians 4:6 is a favorite verse: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Lydia serves on the staff of School Ministries Ohio as Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. Although a homeschool instructor for over 20 years, Lydia sees the desperate need for public school students to hear the good news that Jesus is the only way. A favorite verse is Hebrews 12:2: “Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith….”
Attorney Sue Yount serves as a staff member of School Ministries Ohio, leading our team of Regional Consultants and providing legal counsel. Sue has practiced education law 35 years, regularly advising public school boards, superintendents, and administrators in all areas of education law. One of Sue’s favorite verse is Jeremiah 17:7: "But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him."
Sue Yount, J.D.
Board Member / RT Program Leader
I have been a member of the Crestview Bible Board since 1990 when classes were held in the school. In the late 90’s as we were facing court, relocating and building a Bible House off school property, Proverbs 3:5-6 became a favorite verse to guide the board and myself. I am so thankful we can continue to share God’s Word to the children of our community.
Board Member / RT Program Leader
Pamela Johnston and her husband, Bill, founded Reset, Incorporated in 2016, prior to Bill’s death at the end of that same year.
They believed their legacy was to share the Word of God with as many of the future leaders of this country as possible! Called to the inner city of Columbus RESET seeks to teach the Bible's truth to the next generation.
Seven years ago Katie helped start the Titan Christian Education program, which grew from 45 students to 175 students.
David Wolfe has a Masters in Youth and Family Pastoring, and has served in local Released Time and statewide as Chairman of the SMO Board since 2007. He has a passion for Released Time Programs because of “God the impact it has on children. He believes that RT Programs help children who are in dire need of learning the truth, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 is a favorite verse “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances.”