Jenni Miller, WeCARE for Students Founder; Director & School Ministries Ohio Board Member
Through her professional lifetime of work as an attorney, a college professor of public speaking and public relations, an event-planner and fundraiser, Jenni has attained experience and skills to help Released Time programs organize, operate and thrive. Having been blessed to be married for 31 years to Jonathan (now with the Lord), Jenni is the proud mama of three and grandma to two. An elder and choir member of First Presbyterian Church in Upper Sandusky, Jenni’s guiding Scripture passage is Phil. 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, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
Gary is from Youngstown, Ohio, and serves as Prayer Facilitator for The Mission America Coalition. He has pastored in both Youngstown, Ohio and Brooklyn, New York, for more than 23 years. Gary and his wife have five sons and one daughter and are grandparents to six; they have also served as a loving family for more than 40 foster children. Gary joined our board in 2016 with the hope of continuing to impact children with the truth of scripture in the urban context. God has raised up several programs in Youngstown since Gary and other community organizers from Mahoning County came to the ‘Because WeCARE conference in the summer of 2015. A proud member of Mercy Community Church in Youngstown, a Bible verse close to his heart is John 15:5, that reminds him that “Jesus is the source of true and lasting success.”
Jessica Bacon Moon is Member Attorney with the law firm of Roth & Bacon Attorneys, LLC in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. We are so grateful for her service on our board since 2010. Jessica has fond memories of her own Released Time Bible education experience, in which she says “there was always a safe expectation that the kids would treat each other respectfully and we were all safe and loved in our increasing knowledge about Christ.” Jessica worships at First Presbyterian Church in Upper, and has two children. A passage of Scripture that speaks to her is Matthew 6:33-34: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Sara is a Partner at Gary Ward, CPA & Associates, LLP. Born and raised in Carey, Ohio, Sara attends Memorial United Methodist Church with her husband and son. She has served as a dedicated member and treasurer of our board since 2011. What she loves about released time is that it provides a resource for students to learn about Jesus and to grow in their faith. “I love to hear the stories of kids’ lives being changed because of release time,” she says. Philippians 4:6 is a life verse for her: “ Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Rep. Bill Patmon of Cleveland’s District 10, has dedicated his life to community service and being an agent of change, most recently as a member of the Ohio House since 2011. Bill currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Regional Transit Authority, and is President of the East Erie Enterprise LLC providing professional consulting in the areas of community, economic development and municipal finance. He is known for introducing bills on education and healthcare. Bill has served on our board since 2015, and is married with four children and six grandchildren.
David is Youth and Family Ministry Coordinator at Good Hope Lutheran Church in Bucyrus, Ohio. He has served continuously as Chair of our board since having become a member at the time of our founding. Married with two children, his family has also cared for three foster children. Why released time? He says “God is truly working in this ministry and our children, of this broken world, are in dire need of hearing and learning the truth which is Jesus Christ.” Describing released time to people is often an educational opportunity, he says, “They question — ‘you really can teach the Bible to public school kids?’ And he happily explains, ‘yes, you can — legally!’” First Thessalonians 5:16-18 is a meaningful passage to him: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Lydia serves on the staff of School Ministries Ohio as Administrative Assistant and Volunteer Coordinator. Serving Jesus wherever He calls is her passion. She worships at Wildwood Chapel in Upper Sandusky where her husband is Pastor. She and her husband have two daughters, three sons and four grandchildren. One of her favorite Bible verses is Hebrews 12:2: Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.