Brother Earl is from Cedar Springs, Michigan. He is a convert to the Church. He went to college at Northern Arizona University where he met his wife, Crystal Elliott. They were married at the Mesa Temple in June of 2002 and have four energetic children. Before getting married he transferred to Arizona State University and completed his bachelors degree in anthropology and religious studies. He also graduated from Institute three times. The Earls moved to Michigan in June of 2007. In January of 2010 he completed a masters degree in psychology with the University of Phoenix. He enjoys reading, gardening, playing with his kids, and everything rugby.