RONALD L. GALLAGHER, Ed.S ~
Author, Speaker, Bible Teacher, Humorist, Satirist, Blogger
… Looking at the World through the Lens of Biblical Truth
While Ron’s career has spanned a broad scope of titles and job descriptions from ministry to mental health to curriculum development, the primary focus of his life at this point is to be another stabilizing voice in a culture awash in a tsunami of moral and ethical confusion.
Ron has been writing since he was a teenager and is quick to point out that he clearly lacks the capacity to ‘refrain’ from the practice. Writing and some form of public speaking, both of which are characterized by a rather unique sense of humor, have been a part of virtually every position Ron has held. In spite of that, until recently he had made no serious effort to publish or formally distribute anything he had written over all those years. That began to change in 2012 when he received an invitation to join a Christian writers’ group.
In addition to producing weekly, article length posts for the Gallagher’s Pen blog, Ron has recently published his first book, Right Side Up Thinking in an Upside Down World, in which, as a master storyteller, he takes everyday occurrences, often interspersed with his own brand of humor, and weaves them into unforgettable spiritual insights. Whether addressing cultural conflict, hoverboards, “zombie” cockroaches, or Goldilocks like you’ve never seen her, he uses a wide range of illustrations to paint a picture of “right side up” thinking in an “upside down world.” The book ties into the stated purpose of his blog site and was aptly named, using the tagline on his Gallagher’s Pen site.
Ron is a regular contributor to Refresh Bible Study Magazine and has also contributed to Broken but Priceless: The Magazine, and Bible Advocate, as well as authoring weekly newspaper articles. He has recently been invited to become a regular contributor to SoCal Christian Voice, with his first article having been published there on March 7, 2018.
He also engages in other freelance writing in a variety of formats, addressing a number of topics and issues. Much of his writing and speaking is an outgrowth of his work in the area of forgiveness. He has been featured as a key speaker at Bible conferences both in Virginia and in Alaska, where he and his wife also lived and ministered for a number of years, and has led seminars over the years on a variety of Christian issues and Biblical topics. In concert with his next book project, Ron has developed curriculum and written a study guide for a series called Forgiveness by the Book. The full series has been presented in several churches in the central Virginia area.
Ron’s undergraduate work was done at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He holds advanced degrees in Education and Counseling from The College of William and Mary and from Liberty University. Ron is also a certified trainer in the area of small group dynamics and, specifically, for Focus on the Family’s “The Truth Project” worldview study, and Family Life’s “Marriage Oneness” series.
He is available for speaking engagements, leading small group training, and conducting Forgiveness by the Book presentations, as well as numerous other topics of interest for churches or other venues. For more information regarding his ministry offerings, click here or on the Events & Opportunities menu drop down for “Ron’s Ministry Offerings” and for other published works, click on the Publications tab.
Ron and his wife are native Virginians and he says that both of them are in many ways a product of Virginia’s rich history and spiritual heritage. Though he and Diane also lived, worked, and conducted ministries in Alaska for several years, Virginia has always been ‘home’. He declares that he was “born here, educated here, made the worst mistakes of my life here, and found the grace and forgiveness in Jesus Christ that counteracted all of that right here on Virginia soil” (and notes that no, he is not running for any kind of office and this isn’t the opening barrage of a campaign speech).
Right Side Up Thinking ~ In an Upside Down World …