Ron L. Deal is the Director of FamilyLife Blended™, a ministry of FamilyLife®, and is the author/coauthor of the books The Smart Stepfamily, The Smart Stepdad, The Smart Stepmom, Dating and the Single Parent, and The Smart Stepfamily Marriage.

Ron voices the FamilyLife Blended short radio feature which is heard by nearly half a million people each week around the country and online, is a popular conference speaker and has appeared in dozens of national radio and TV broadcasts both in the US and Canada. and is one of the most widely read authors on stepfamily living in the country. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist who frequently appears in the national media, including FamilyLife Today® and Focus on the Family, and he conducts marriage and family seminars around the country.