Ansel grew up in Saint Petersburg, Florida. After graduating high school, Ansel went to Montreat College where he volunteered with Young Life and eventually went on staff. Ansel also worked with the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association as a camp counselor and senior staff. In 2005 Ansel moved to Myrtle Beach, SC to work as the Youth Director for First Presbyterian Church where he met his wife Englund. In 2009 Ansel moved to Greensboro, NC to work at Grace Community Church as the Middle School Pastor, later becoming Pastor of Middle & High School Ministries in May 2015.
In December of 2010 Ansel and Englund were married. Ansel and Englund have two daughters, Arana Beth and Afton Brently.