Jason Shirley was born in 1981 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He moved with his family to Carlsbad in 1991 to pioneer Word of Life Church. After graduating from Carlsbad High School, he returned to Tulsa to attend Rhema Bible Training Center, from which he graduated in 2002 with an emphasis on youth ministry. He returned to Carlsbad in 2003 to accept the youth pastor position at Word of Life Church, where he still is employed today. He is also the hospice chaplain at Golden Services in Carlsbad. He is married to Tiffany Shirley of Sand Springs, Oklahoma (2002). They have a 5 year old daughter, Brooklyn.