The Complex World of a Blended Family

Jerry and Kate Angelo reflect on the issues that destroyed their first marriages, and the circumstances that brought them to God and to each other to form a blended family of six. Also joining them is FamilyLife’s Blended Family Ministry Director, Ron Deal.

Stepparenting has its challenges. That's what Jerry and Kate Angelo found out when they married and became a blended family of six. View Show Notes →
Jerry and Kate Angelo reflect on the issues that thwarted their first marriages, and remember with gratitude the circumstances that brought them back to God and to each other. View Show Notes →

Meet Series Guests

Jerry and Kate Angelo

Revs. Jerry and Kate Angelo are Founders and Directors of Marriage Awakening in their hometown of Springfield, MO. The ministry of Marriage Awakening is dedicated to strengthening and empowering marriages and families. They are ministers with the General Council of the Assemblies of God and they also lead the Marriage Builders Sunday school class at Life 360 Church. In addition to organizing events to encourage married couples to go on regular date nights, Jerry and Kate also speak publicly at various venues including the annual International Marriage Conference by NAME. They are members of the American Association of Christian Counselors and they also direct a local marriage counseling center outreach program called "NAME of the Ozarks" at their church. God has given Jerry and Kate a vision to utilize Marriage Awakening to coach couples of all ages by sharing with them God’s principles and plan for their marriage.

Ron Deal

Ron L. Deal is one of the most widely read and viewed experts on blended families in the country. He is Director of FamilyLife Blended® for FamilyLife®, founder of Smart Stepfamilies™, and the author and Consulting Editor of the Smart Stepfamily Series of books including the bestselling Building Love Together in Blended Families: The 5 Love Languages® and Becoming Stepfamily Smart (with Dr. Gary Chapman), The Smart Stepfamily: 7 Steps to a Healthy Family, and Preparing to Blend. Ron is a licensed marriage and family therapist, popular conference speaker, and host of the FamilyLife Blended podcast. He and his wife, Nan, have three sons and live in Little Rock, Arkansas. Learn more at