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 and

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.