Jonathan is from the United Kingdom and has a Bachelors degree in English Literature/Language and Theology from The University of Birmingham. After a year spent travelling in Canada, America and Mexico, Jonathan started working in a special needs secondary school as a teaching assistant. 2 years later, Jonathan completed his Post Graduate Certificate in Education specialising in Literacy. Following that, Jonathan worked in Surrey as a teacher of a Year 5/6 mixed class for 2 years, where he was also the school sports coordinator. After 2 years working as a Year 6 teacher in Dubai, where he met the future Mrs Abel, Jonathan settled in Penang.
Jonathan is married to Kirsty, who is a former teacher at SCIPS, and they have three daughters, named Tamara, Kerenza and Morwenna.