What is
Released Time?

The only legal way for public school students to study the Bible academically and devotionally during the school day.






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All Ages


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.



Jennifer Miller, J. D.

Executive Director

Jennifer Miller has served as Executive Director of SMO since its incorporation in 2007 and State Director for School Ministries, the nation’s largest association of Released Time Bible Education programs. Mom to three grown daughters and grandma to five, Jenni's life verse is Philippians 3:10-11: “I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like Him in his death, and so, somehow to attain to the resurrection from the dead."


Brant Yount

Regional Consultant

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 Paul, 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 Miller

Administrative Assistant

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 verses is Jeremiah 17:7:  "But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him."

Sue Yount, J.D.

Legal Consultant 


Laura Wood, M.B.A.

Board Member / Local Released Time Program Leader

Joining the School Ministries Ohio board as a local leader, Laura brings her perspective as a lifelong county resident, elementary student of religious education, program volunteer, then Director of WyandotCARES.  Her favorite verse is Jeremiah 29:11: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Seven years ago Katie helped start the Titan Christian Education program, which grew from 45 students to 175 students. 


Kathryn Holmes, Ph.D.

Board Member / Local Released Time Program Leader

Seven years ago, Katie and another engaged mom started the Titan Christian Education program, which has more than tripled in its outreach. Her perspective as a local program leader informs her service to our SMO board. Galatians 2:20 is a favorite verse this year, "It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me. This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me."


David Wolfe

Board Chairman

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 of this broken world 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.”

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