Born and raised in Southern California, Dean lost his father at the age of one. As he was moving into the sixth grade, gang violence began to invade the area motivating his mom to move Dean and his older brother to the Sacramento area. Struggling throughout middle and high school, Dean entered his young adult years believing that life is pain and pain is life until he had given up on all hope for a bright future. He got caught up in the things he thought would bring happiness back into his life; making money, attaining possessions and gaining the acceptance of others.

On October 20, 2004 Dean walked into a church for the first time in his life. On that night, he encountered a living God, who ignited a fire in his heart, and has never been the same.