Doug Jansma was born June 18, 1978 in Esterville, Iowa.

He is the son of Clif and Linda Jansma of Sheldon, Iowa. Doug graduated from Harrisburg High School in Harrisburg, South Dakota in 1997.

He then went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2001, from University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa. In 2003, Doug was working as a Physical Therapy Aide at Covenant Medical Center in Waterloo, Iowa.