Ronald Allan Luce, (1961-07-11) July 11, 1961 (age 52), Contra Costa County, California, USA
Garden Valley, Texas, USA
Katie (Kathryn Anne) Luce,
(May 19, 1984 - present)
(September 21, 1989 - present),
(October 17, 1990 - present),
(January 18, 1992 - present)
Ronald Allan "Ron" Luce is the co-founder and president of Teen Mania Ministries located in Garden Valley, Texas. Together with his wife Katie, Ron founded Teen Mania in 1986.
2 Hannah Luce Chanute plane crash,
3.1 Militant Statements,
3.2 Popular culture the enemy,
3.3 Proposition 8,
3.4 MSNBC Documentary,
4 History of substance abuse,
5 Published works,
6 See also,
8 External links,
One of Ron's early involvements was with Willie George Ministries, where he was involved in the Fire By Nite Christian variety show that was distributed to subscribers, and syndicated on television.
Luce also hosts weekend Acquire the Fire youth rallies and ministry clinics in large venues nationwide, many attracting tens of thousands of teens and youth workers. He also hosts a weekly TV show, Acquire the Fire, telecast on the Trinity Broadcasting Network and other Christian television stations. Training and ministry experience is provided for young adults wishing to enter into youth (and other) ministries, as interns in the Honor Academy. Luce expanded his operations in 2005 by starting the Battle Cry Campaign.
Hannah Luce Chanute plane crash:
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Hannah Luce, born (1989-09-21) September 21, 1989 (age 24), daughter of Ron Luce, was one of the five passengers with direct connections to Oral Roberts University on board a Cessna 401 aircraft which went down about an hour and a half after takeoff on Friday, May 11, 2012, nine miles west of Chanute, Kansas on their way from Richard Lloyd Jones Jr. Airport in Jenks, Oklahoma to Council Bluffs Municipal Airport in Iowa, along with pilot Luke Sheets, of Ephraim, Wisconsin Stephen Luth, of Muscatine, Iowa, Garrett Coble, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and former marine Austin Anderson, of Ringwood, Oklahoma. Out of the five people who went on the plane, she and Anderson were the only people to survive. Anderson died from burns over 90 percent of his body on May 12, 2012. The FAA and NTSB are currently investigating the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration said the crash occurred about seven miles northwest of Chanute, which is 124 miles southwest of the Kansas City area.
Further information: Teen Mania Ministries#Controversy and Criticism
Some have criticized his organization, citing frequent militant statements. Ron Luce speaks of a battle that is waged against the "powers of darkness" and also implemented through the "Love of Jesus Christ" to the individual. Some of his statements: "This is war. And Jesus invites us to get into the action, telling us that the violent--the 'forceful' ones--will lay hold of the kingdom." At a Cleveland "Acquire the Fire" event, he said, "The devil hates us, and we gotta be ready to fight and not be these passive little lukewarm, namby-pamby, kum-ba-yah, thumb-sucking babies that call themselves Christians. Jesus? He got mad! ... I want an attacking church!" Luce further exhorts his young followers to proclaim in unison: "I will keep my eyes on the battle, submitting to Your code, even when I don't understand."
Popular culture the enemy:
Luce has also publicly condemned "purveyors of popular culture" as "the enemy," who according to Luce are "terrorists, virtue terrorists, that are destroying our kids... they're raping virgin teenage America on the sidewalk, and everybody's walking by and acting like everything's OK. And it's just not OK." This type of imagery is said to be used under the context of a spiritual "battle" between good and evil.
Ron Luce was one of the leaders of a youth rally, "The Fine Line," held in support of California Proposition 8 on October 1, 2008 at Rock Church in San Diego. Proposition 8 was an initiative that would constitutionally prohibit same-sex marriage in California. Luce presented the "8 for 8" action plan at the conclusion of the event.
In 2011, Ron Luce was interviewed for an MSNBC documentary entitled "Mind Over Mania." The documentary showed footage of controversial Teen Mania events, doctrines, and practices, and also included interviews with past Honor Academy interns and Christian mental health professionals who criticized the ministry for using what they identified as cult mind control techniques according to Robert Jay Lifton's "Eight Criteria for Thought Reform". Luce declined a follow-up interview for the documentary, but later said that the footage was taken out of context and the MSNBC filmmakers had approached him under false pretenses. However, MSNBC responded in a statement that Luce's accusations were false. The documentary won an investigative reporting award from the CINE organization.
History of substance abuse:
Luce became involved in drug and alcohol abuse while living with his father. Luce was taken in by a pastor, under whose roof he became a Christian. He then committed his life to evangelizing and training young people. He received his bachelor's degree in Psychology and Theology from Oral Roberts University and his Masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Tulsa. In 2002, U.S. President George W. Bush appointed him to the White House Advisory Commission on Drug-Free Communities, on which he served until 2004. Luce joined the board of trustees of Oral Roberts University in January 2008.
Luce has written or co-written a number of books:
Battlecry for a Generation,
Battlecry for My Generation,
Guard Your Heart,
It's Only a Tattoo,
Power of One,
When Teens Pray,
Re-Create: Building a culture in your home stronger than the culture destroying your kids,
Other works by Luce include the "Over the Edge" devotional series, and the "Rise Up," "Dig In," "Band Together," "Move Out," and "Double Vision" curricula associated with the Battle Cry Campaign.