Ron was born in Canada, the son of missionary parents, but spent most of his childhood in western Iowa. Ron attended Ozark Christian College, Joplin, MO and Lincoln Christian Seminary, Lincoln, IL. His wife Donna teaches special education at the lower elementary in Grove. Together Ron and Donna have five children at home (Joel, Ryan, Alexis, Valarie, Jonny), one in college (Sarah) and two in heaven (Daniel, Lydia). The Riley’s joined First Christian Church in 2013.