Ron Deal is husband to Nan (since 1986) and proud father of Braden, Connor, and Brennan. Everything else is just details.
Ron is a marriage and family author, conference speaker, and therapist. His top selling books, online articles, and daily 60-second radio feature FamilyLife Blended (listen here) make him one of the most widely read and referenced authors on stepfamilies in the world. He is Founder and President of Smart Stepfamilies™ and Director of FamilyLife Blended™, the ministry initiative of FamilyLife® to stepfamilies (for more visit www.RonDeal.org and www.FamilyLife.com).
Ron is author of the Amazon bestselling books The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family (and DVD series), The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), and The Smart Stepfamily Marriage: Keys to Success in the Blended Family (with Dr. David Olson). A highly sought after recognized expert in marriage and blended families, Ron is a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center, and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor with over 25 years experience in local church ministry and family ministry consulting. He is a featured expert on the video curriculum Single and Parenting (2011, Church Initiative) and his material is widely distributed by a variety of family education initiatives.
Ron served as a member of the Couple Checkup Research Team (headed by Dr. David Olson, PREPARE-ENRICH) which conducted the two largest studies of marital strength ever accomplished. They surveyed over 100,000 marriages and remarriages (over 200,000 people) and examined the qualitative differences between highly satisfied marriages and low-quality marriages. The results of their groundbreaking research for couples are published in the books The Couple Checkup (Olson, Larson, & Olson-Sigg, 2008) and The Smart Stepfamily Marriage (Deal & Olson, 2015), and are featured in Ron’s newest seminar for dating, engaged, married, and remarried couples the Couple Checkup Conference.
Ron is a popular conference speaker and has appeared in dozens of national radio and TV broadcasts both in the US and Canada. His daily 60-second radio feature FamilyLife Blended is heard by thousands each week around the country and online. He has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, ABC Nightline, WGN-News, The Mike Huckabee Show, FamilyLife Today, Focus on the Family, HomeWord with Jim Burns, Celebration, and The 700 Club, and his work has been referenced online (e.g., ABC News.com, Today.com) and in newspapers throughout the world (e.g., USA Today, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Atlanta Journal, and Minnesota Star Tribune). The May 2012 issue of Ladies' Home Journal featured Ron's therapy work with a blended family couple in their popular feature column Can This Marriage Be Saved? Ron has written feature family articles addressing a variety of family matters for a variety of publications and online magazines including Focus on the Family magazine, ParentLife, The Family Room, Gospel Today, and Christianity Today; he also writes a monthly feature article in HomeLife magazine. On a regular basis Ron trains therapists, marriage educators, and ministry professionals at conferences around the country and has spoken at the National Stepfamily Conference, and the Utah and Arkansas Governors' conferences on the family.
Ron and Nan have three boys. Their middle son Connor died unexpectedly in February, 2009 at the age of 12. In his memory, the Deal's have partnered with Touch a Life Foundation to rescue and rehabilitate children in Ghana, West Africa from trafficking. They would be honored if you would help them sing Connor's song. Visit Connor's Song to learn more about this ministry and hear Connor sing.
What others are saying about Ron Deal and Smart Stepfamilies:
"Ron is an excellent presenter and his book The Smart Stepfamily is the most helpful book I know on this topic. I highly recommend this ministry."
Dr. Gary Chapman
Bestselling author of The Five Love Languages
"Ron Deal is a true minister to stepfamilies."
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott
Authors and Conference Speakers
bestselling authors of Saving Your Marriage Before it Starts
"Ron Deal has, by far, the best material available on stepfamilies."
H. Norman Wright Author of more than 70 books on the family
Others who endorse Ron’s materials include:
Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times bestselling author of Have a New Kid by Friday
Dr. Gary Smalley, speaker & bestselling author
Dennis Rainey, President of FamilyLife & bestselling author
Jim Daly, President of Focus on the Family
Scott Stanley, PhD, Author of The Power of Commitment, Research Professor, University of Denver
Francesca Adler-Baeder, PhD, Director, National Stepfamily Resource Center
Jim Burns, PhD, President of HomeWord & author of Creating an Intimate Marriage
Kim Alexis, supermodel, speaker, & author
Dr. Margorie Engel, former President of the Stepfamily Association of America
"Thank you for writing The Smart Stepfamily book. I am thoroughly enjoying it as I prepare for our church marriage ministry. I would highly recommend it to any stepfamily seeking a comprehensive, clear, encouraging, and practical resource for their relationship."
Director of Marriage Resources,
Victory Family Church,
Cranberry Township, PA