John A. Ernst, Jr. grew up in the Hampton Hall neighborhood of Brookhaven – where his parents still live. He attended Montgomery Elementary, played baseball at Murphey Candler, and earned his Eagle Scout Award at Troop 21.
John is a lifelong member of Our Lady of Assumption Catholic Church. He is married to attorney, Monica Vining, and has two children, Jack (9) and Evan (7). The Ernst family currently resides in Lynwood Park, after living for six years in Ashford Park, with their two Great Danes, Apollo and Finn, and cat OJ.