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About Ron L. Deal


Author, speaker, and family therapist Ron Deal.



Popular conference speaker and family trainer Ron Deal is a member of the Couple Checkup Research Team that completed two of the largest qualitative studies ever conducted of marriage and remarriage couple strengths. Most recognized in the past for his resources and seminars for stepfamilies, Ron has been training premarital and married couples for close to 25 years. He uses creative presentation strategies, including multimedia experiences, to create what some have called a "laugh and learn" conference experience. His audiences are never disappointed (see participant feedback).

Ron is founder and president of As For Me And My House Ministries which provides marriage and family training across the country and family education consultation to church and community leaders. In 2012 Ron was invited to join the staff of FamilyLife as Director of FamilyLife Blended. Ron is the author/co-author of five books and a series of resources for families. His audio short feature FamilyLife Blended is heard on stations around the country and online. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. 

Ron is a popular conference speaker and has appeared in dozens of national radio and TV broadcasts both in the US and Canada. He has written feature articles addressing a variety of family matters for a number of publications and online magazines including FamilyLife.com, Focus on the FamilyParentLife, and HomeLife magazine. On a regular basis Ron trains therapists, marriage educators, and ministry professionals at conferences around the country.

Ron was part of the Couple Checkup Research Team (headed by internationally recognized marriage expert Dr. David Olson, president of Life Innovations) that conducted two of the largest studies of marital strengths ever accomplished. They studied over 100,000 marriages and remarriages (over 200,000 people surveyed) and examined the qualitative differences between highly satisfied marriages and low-quality marriages. The results of their groundbreaking research for married couples are published in the books The Couple Checkup (Olson, Olson-Sigg, & Larson, 2008) and The Smart Stepfamily Marriage (Deal & Olson, 2015). The Couple Checkup Conference capitalizes on this research of strong marriages.

Ron and Nan Deal have been married since 1986 and 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 children in Ghana, West Africa from slave trafficking. They would be honored if you help them sing Connor's song. Visit Connor's Song to learn more about this ministry and hear Connor sing.


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