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About Ron Deal



Ron Deal is husband to Nan (since 1986) and proud father of Braden, Connor, and Brennan. Everything else is just details.

Ron L. Deal a podcaster, licensed family therapist, and popular conference speaker who conducts “laugh and learn” marriage and family seminars around the country. Ron specializes in both marriage training and stepfamily enrichment. He is a leading national expert and the most widely read and viewed author on blended families in the country. He serves as President of Smart Stepfamilies™ and Director of FamilyLife Blended®, a division of FamilyLife®.

Ron is a marriage and family author, conference speaker, and therapist. His top selling books, online articles, and daily 60-second audio feature FamilyLife Blended (heard online and on over 750 radio outlets nationwide; 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.SmartStepfamilies.com and www.FamilyLife.com).

Ron is author of the Amazon bestselling books The Smart Stepfamily: Seven Steps to a Healthy Family (and 8-session DVD series), The Smart Stepdad, Dating and the Single Parent, The Smart Stepmom (with Laura Petherbridge), The Smart Stepfamily Marriage: Keys to Success in the Blended Family (with Dr. David Olson), and a devotional Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily. In September 2019 he will release (with coauthors Greg Pettys and David Edwards) The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning, and in February 2020, he and Dr. Gary Chapman will release their much anticipated book Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages and Becoming Stepfamily Smart.

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 close to 30 years experience in marriage and family training. He is a featured expert on the video curriculum FamilyLife's Art of Parenting (2018 release) and Single and Parenting (2011, Church Initiative), and his material is widely referenced or 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).

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 nearly half a million people each week around the country and online. He has appeared on Fox News, MSNBC, ABC Nightline, WGN-News, FamilyLife Today, New Life Live, Focus on the Family, Chris Fabry Live, and HomeWord with Jim Burns, and his work has been referenced online (e.g., ABC News.com, Today.com), in magazines (e.g., Essence), and in newspapers throughout the world (e.g., New York Times, 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. On a regular basis Ron trains therapists, marriage educators, and ministry professionals at conferences around the country.

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.

Facebook: @FamilyLifeBlended

Twitter: @RonLDeal






   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 have endorsed 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


LEARN - Videos & Articles

EXPERIENCE - Conferences & Cruises

SAVE - Marriage Therapy Intensives

GROW - Get a Couple Checkup

EDUCATE - Blended Family Ministry & Professional Training