Jonathan was born in 1969 in Athens, Georgia and grew up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Jesus changed his life in the summer of 1986. Jonathan married Jennifer in May of 1995. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Jacksonville State University and a Master of Divinity Degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jonathan and Jennifer have three kids: Joelan, Julia (married to Matthew Dunn), and Jessie.