Jon was born in and grew up in Alaska. He received the B.A. degree in vocal performance from George Fox College in Newberg, Oregon and the M.M. and D.M.A. degrees in choral music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While working on the M.M. degree he met his future wife, Donna (guess where) in choir class. The Brotherton family came to Greensboro in 1998 and began music ministry at JPC in the fall of 2000.
Jon is also the Associate Chair of the department of music at Greensboro College, the director of the annual North Carolina United Methodist All-State Youth Choir and the director of the 120 voice Choral Society of Greensboro.
The Brothertons have four children; Kayla, Matthew, Michael and Nicholas.