John Painter was born in Searcy, Arkansas, but grew up in Rolla, Missouri. He attended Oklahoma Christian University and graduated with a B.S. in Math/Computer Science. He was a member of the Oklahoma Christian Chorale. He worked for the Missouri Department of Education and then the University of Missouri in IT before moving to Ellijay. He now works for Gilmer County Charter Schools as a Senior Technician. He is married to Jennifer Painter and they have 2 daughters.