Pastor Kevin Jud was born in Valparaiso, Indiana April 6, 1966 the second of four children from Henry and Shirley (Ayers) Jud and was baptized May 1, 1966 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Valparaiso, Indiana.
Pastor Jud was raised in Valparaiso, Indiana, Vestal, New York, Creve Cour, Missouri and Reston, Virginia. After graduating from high school in Reston he attended Valparaiso, University and graduated with a double major in Criminal Justice and Print Journalism. He worked for USX, a small government contractor in Herndon, Virginia, as an AAL rep in Park Forest, Illinois and for a IRI/Skylight, a teacher training company in Arlington Heights, Illinois.
He attended Concordia Seminary, St. Louis from 1997–2001 and graduated with a MDiv serving a vicarage at Pilgrim Lutheran in Ontario, Oregon. From seminary he received a call to be Assistant Pastor at Immanuel Lutheran Church & School in Hamilton, Ohio. He has served there ever since as Assistant, Associate and currently Sr. Pastor.
Pastor Jud works in a small campus ministry at Miami University and has a weekly Bible study at the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center.
He serves as circuit visitor for the Ohio District Southwest 1 circuit and in 2016 was awarded the National School Shepherd award from the Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod National Lutheran School Accreditation for a “a faithful pastor who provides outstanding encouragement, support and service to his school,” according to Terry Schmidt, director of LCMS School Ministry.
He has been married for 26 years to Jeannette (Stoneham) and they have four children, Caleb, 24, Heather 21, Nicholas 15 and Rebecca 11.
His vision for pastoral ministry is to continue steadfast in the truth of the Gospel reaching out to people from all walks of life with the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ. The coming years will bring challenges and opportunities. We must resist the temptation to chase after every new ecclesiastical fad thinking this is the “silver bullet” that will save the Church. We need to do the hard work of love and service and evangelism never pitting outreach against love and service within the congregation but doing both as we are called to do by our Lord.