John Hamilton is the eldest child of the Reverend Morgan Hamilton and his wife, Patricia. He grew up in Glen Oak, California with 3 younger silbings: Keesha, Nigel and Lynn Hamilton. In 1996, The Hamilton Church was burned down and family friend and fellow Reverend Eric Camden and his wife, Annie took the Hamiltons in. Upon high school graduation, John went out to Tennessee for college, but returned only a year later to attend classes at Crawford. Shortly after moving back to California, he found an apartment with Matt Camden. The two became best friends. During this time, John also managed to help Simon Camden with his involvement in a shady crowd. Late in 2000 John meet Priscilla Carter who he fell head over heels for forcing Matt to move back home. On May 21 2001 John and Priscilla were married in New York after the wedding was moved out east because of his grandmothers illness. John and Matt sadly lost touch afterwards.