Mignogna grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Liberty University with a degree in television and film production. He helped produce and arrange some of the songs on DC Talk's eponymous first album. He was a Drama and Speech teacher in Jacksonville, Florida, and an officer with the Ocean City Police Department. He moved to Houston, Texas, in 1990, and was a film and video production instructor at the Art Institute of Houston. In 1993, he was a contestant on Star Search, where he sang "Worth Waiting For".