Ron Deal

Marriage Retreat Speaker

Meet Ron Deal

Ron is the founder of Smart Stepfamilies™ and the director of FamilyLife Blended™, a division of FamilyLife®. He is the author and co-author of numerous books, including The Smart Stepfamily, and has published more than a dozen video resources and hundreds of magazines and online articles.

Ron L. Deal a podcaster, family therapist, and popular conference speaker who conducts “laugh and learn” marriage and family seminars around the country (and says his weekends at WinShape are his favorites because they are the best for the participant couples!). 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 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), The Smart Stepfamily Marriage: Keys to Success in the Blended Family (with Dr. David Olson, which is based on the largest survey of stepcouple strengths ever conducted), a one-year devotional Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily, and The Smart Stepfamily Guide to Financial Planning (with Greg Pettys and David Edwards). In 2020 he will release with New York Times bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman their much anticipated book Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart.

His podcast FamilyLife Blended with Ron Deal is a leading podcast for blended families and his one-minute radio feature can be heard on about 950 stations nationwide. In addition, he is a featured contributor to FamilyLife’s Art of Parenting™ video curriculum, a member of the Stepfamily Expert Council for the National Stepfamily Resource Center, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.

Ron has extensive experience with TV, radio, and online media having been interviewed on dozens of national and international broadcasts including Fox News, ABC Nightline, WGN-TV News, FamilyLife Today, New Life Live, Family Talk, and Focus on the Family, and his work has been quoted/referenced by the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ABC,, New York Daily News, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News and World Report, Consumer Reports, Ladies Home Journal, and newspapers/blogs throughout the world.

He and his wife, Nan, have been married since 1986 and have three boys. Find resources and conference information at