Born in Pella, Iowa, Jud has lived in Florida, California, Arizona, Texas, New Jersey, New York, Michigan, and Minnesota. He graduated from Central College in Pella, Iowa with a B.A. in general studies, focusing on sociology, religion, and philosophy. He earned his Master of Divinity degree at Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. He received his Master of Theology in Historical Theology at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His research has focused on the natural law doctrine in the Reformers. He accepted the call to serve as pastor of Good Shepherd in 2015. Jud and his wife Jodi are the parents of four children.