Jan Adriaan Schlebusch was born in 1989 in Bloemfontein, South Africa. He grew up on a cattle ranch near the city. Between 2008 and 2013 he completed a BA (Theology), a BA Honors (Latin) and an MA (Philosophy) at the University of the Free State. In 2018 he graduated with a PhD from the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen. The title of his doctoral thesis was Strategic narratives: Groen van Prinsterer as Nineteenth-Century Statesman-Historian.