Mr. Ron Deal

Adjunct Instructor, Counseling

M.M.F.T., Abilene Christian University
B.A., B.S., Oklahoma Christian University

Ron L. Deal is President of Smart Stepfamilies and Director of FamilyLife Blended for FamilyLife. He is a family ministry consultant and conducts marriage and family seminars around the country he specializes in marriage education and stepfamily enrichment. He is one of the most widely read authors on stepfamily living in the country.

Ron is author of the bestselling book 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, which is based on the largest survey of remarriage strengths ever conducted. He 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.

Ron has extensive experience with the media. His one-minute radio feature FamilyLife Blended can be heard daily on stations nationwide and online. In addition, he has appeared on dozens of national and international radio and TV broadcasts including The 700 Club, Fox News, ABC Nightline, WGN-TV News, FamilyLife Today, and Focus on the Family, and has been quoted/referenced by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ABC,, New York Daily News, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Ladies Home Journal, and newspapers/blogs throughout the world. He has written numerous book chapters and articles for magazines including Focus on the Family, FamilyLife, ParentLife, Gospel Today, Christianity Today, HomeLife magazine, and He and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys. Find resources and conference information at

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