Shawn Christian was awarded the Congressional Medal of Merit for outstanding leadership in his community. He attended Rogers High School in Wyoming, Michigan and graduated in 1984. His high school classmates voted him as the "Hottest Body" his senior year. He attended Ferris St. University in Big Rapids, Michigan and graduated in 1989. After which, he moved to Chicago and met his future wife Deborah while auditioning for a print ad in 1991.