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 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 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 his latest Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily. 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 local church ministry 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 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 seminar for dating, engaged, married, and remarried couples called 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 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, HomeWord with Jim Burns, Celebration, and The 700 Club, 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 including Focus on the Family magazine, ParentLife, The Family Room, Gospel Today, and Christianity Today. 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.
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
"Ron has changed my life, my family, and our church forever. As both a Senior Pastor and a stepparent I have found his materials invaluable and his insights profound. Navigating stepfamily life is a delicate process, the competing allegiances in even the best stepfamilies can be so very confounding, but Ron’s biblical wisdom goes a long way to minimizing unnecessary collisions and unnecessary pain. If you are in a stepfamily, like I am, do whatever it takes to get Ron’s material and to attend his seminars, I promise you it is worth it."
Rob Bugh, Senior PastorWheaton Bible Church, Chicago, IL