Ron grew up in a Christian family (General Conference Baptist) in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. He trusted Jesus Christ as Savior when he was nine years old, during Vacation Bible School. Ron first felt God calling him into Christian ministry while in high school, and committed his life to God fully while a junior at Princeton University. God then led Ron to Faith Theological Seminary and Biblical Theological Seminary in the Philadelphia area.
Like Ron, Jeannie grew up in a biblical Christian home. After her father died, when she was four years old, Jeannie asked Jesus to be her Savior and Lord.