Speakers

Ron & Nan Deal - Speaker/Hosts

Ron and Nan Deal have been married since 1986 and have three boys Braden, Connor, and Brennan. Ron is the Director of FamilyLife Blended®, author of more than a dozen books and resources, and host of the podcast FamilyLife Blended. Nan has a degree in Early Childhood Education and is a teacher with over 25 years experience in public and private schools. Together they enjoy traveling, a good movie, and trying new restaurants.

 

 

Gayla Grace serves on staff with FamilyLife Blended, a division of FamilyLife, is the founder of Stepparenting with Grace, and co-founder of Sisterhood of Stepmoms.

She is a writer, speaker, and coach on stepfamily life and is passionate about equipping blended families. She holds a master’s degree in Psychology and Counseling and is the author of Stepparenting With Grace: A Devotional for Blended Families and co-author of Quiet Moments for the Stepmom Soul and Unwrapping the Gift of Stepfamily Peace. 

Gayla and her husband, Randy, have been married since 1995 in a “his, hers, and ours” family. She is the mom to three and stepmom to two young adults. Gayla and Randy are recent empty nesters and live in Conway, Arkansas.

Rob Hudson - Emcee

Rob is second generation FamilyLife staff. He never dreamed of one day ministering to families until a critical moment when the Lord showed him his first ministry was his family. Rob is now the Mobilization Team Leader for FamilyLife. He is passionate about meeting people in their felt needs, namely career, and relationships, and then being able to point them to their ultimate need, Jesus.

Rob and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Orlando, FL and have two children, Beckett and Selah.

Danielle is a recent Georgia State graduate and majored in Journalism and Public Relations and minored in Spanish. She currently works as an executive talent management recruiter for a tech company and is the founder of Blendish, an outreach group that supports the youth who come from blended families. 

Danielle and her stepbrother, Tre, will have a conversation with Ron Deal about what it's like being in a blended family.

As the Masons navigated the challenges of being in a blended family, they felt a higher calling. They knew other families experienced similar struggles and that there is power in community. After researching, attending workshops and seminars, including Weekend to Remember and FamilyLife Blended events, Thomas and Ebony founded Blendistry. Founded in 2018, Blendistry is an outreach ministry for stepfamilies to grow closer to each other and God through their shared stories of struggles and triumphs. 

Thomas and Ebony have been married since 2016 and live in the Atlanta area with their five children aged elementary through college.