Ron Luce – A Special Forces Veteran
At this point, Luce was out of touch with the daily workings of his magazines and committed to an agenda he believed would promote American values and morality abroad, even through forceful measures. As part of this plan, Luce employed journalistic practices which would skew news reports while elevating ideology above experience and observation.
Luce serves as an effective channel for Lee and Onah to convey their insights about the limits of tokenism, as well as its moral bankruptcy when prioritized over human lives.
Early Life and Education
Early experiences that children encounter have lasting physical, social and emotional consequences. Children exposed to positive influences – such as stable relationships with parents and other adults as well as safe environments that support development – and experience greater wellbeing in later years.
Born in Julian, California and enrolling in ROTC at Valley Forge Military Academy and College, Luce graduated as an ROTC officer from Valley Forge in 2002. After successfully completing the Special Forces Qualification Course he was assigned as liaison officer to 2nd Battalion 7th SFG Fort Bragg North Carolina as liaison officer; furthermore Luce earned certificates for Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Captain’s Career Course and Ranger School graduation.
Teen Mania Ministries filed for bankruptcy in 2015, leaving many with tickets worthless for events they had booked with Teen Mania Ministries. He soon thereafter started Generation Next Ministries which provides youth outreach.
After graduating Ramona High School in 2000, Luce joined ROTC at Valley Forge Military Academy and College and eventually was commissioned as an officer. In 2002 he attended and completed the Special Forces Qualification Course before being assigned as liaison officer to 2nd Battalion 7th Special Forces Group Fort Bragg North Carolina where he also later served as Co. C 20th Special Forces Group headquartered out of Jackson Mississippi as detachment commander.
Attended the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Infantry Captains Career Course and Ranger School. Received National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and Armed Forces Reserve Medal as awards for his services. Survived by wife, three children and sister; mother passed away 2010. Two younger brothers serve in Fort Leavenworth Kansas artillery unit while another undergoes skin grafting surgery due to injuries suffered during plane crash.
Achievement and Honors
Ron Luce hosted Acquire the Fire weekend youth rallies and ministry conferences across the United States, drawing thousands of youth workers and teens each time. Additionally, he established Honor Academy – an internship program specifically tailored for young people interested in youth ministry – as a means of cultivating new talent within youth ministry.
He served on the White House Advisory Commission on Drug-Free Communities from 2002-2008 and later joined Oral Roberts University’s board of trustees as leader of “The Fine Line”, an October 1 youth rally to support California Proposition 8. This was held at Rock Church.
He received both the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility as well as The Heritage Foundation’s Clare Boothe Luce Lifetime Achievement Award for his remarkable career achievements.
Ron Luce found great joy in raising a family and in creating Teen Mania Ministries, a Christian youth organization reaching millions of young people globally. Their ministry emphasizes equipping teens to stand for Christ in schools, communities, and worldwide settings.
Luce hosted weekend Acquire the Fire youth rallies and ministry clinics at large venues nationwide that attracted tens of thousands of teens and youth workers. He also hosted his weekly TV show Acquire the Fire as well as providing internships and training through Honor Academy.
Murphree recalls how Luce took time off his embryology course to help with disaster relief efforts when Hurricane Ivan hit the Gulf Coast, yet returned without complaint and worked diligently to catch up. Later, he received his Bachelor’s of Science degree from Belmont University in Nashville.
Teen Mania Ministries was located in Garden Valley, Texas. Due to financial strain and lawsuits from creditors such as Compassion International, Teen Mania filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in December 2015. Teen Mania became one of the country’s most insolvent charities.
Luce hosted weekend Acquire the Fire youth rallies and ministry clinics nationwide that often attracted tens of thousands of teenagers and young adults. He also hosted his weekly TV show Acquire the Fire which aired on Trinity Broadcasting Network as well as other Christian TV channels; through Honor Academy internship programs he provided training and ministry experience for young adults.
Luce is married and the proud parent of four children, including Hannah who survived a plane crash that claimed many of her friends as well as almost taking her life.