Jud began attending Zion in 1978. He was looking for an ELCA congregation because he had grown up in Farmington Lutheran Church in Farmington, MN.
My parents were actively involved in my hometown church and influenced my faith, along with studying the scriptures at Golden Valley Lutheran College.
He found Zion to be welcoming … on his first visit, a member of the congregation even told him of a young woman named Lee Ann.
Jud soon met Lee Ann through the young adult group, and they were married in 1980. They have one daughter, Maddie, who is now a freshmen in the College of Science and Engineering program at the University of Minnesota. He has worked for Great River Energy for 38 years in a variety of capacities, presently as Transmission Field Services Manager, and has served on the Buffalo Planning Commission.
I enjoy biking, golfing, home projects and attending various sporting events, including Golden Gopher basketball season tickets that have been in the family for 64 years.
Jud’s favorite Bible passage is Proverbs 3:5-6.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
We are tempted to go our own way and this reminds me to trust and have faith that God knows the best course of life for us.
One event Jud enjoys at Zion is the annual Lutefisk Dinner, held the last week of October.
I enjoy being able to participate and cook delicious lutefisk for those salivating to eat this delicacy. The dinner brings many people of all ages and communities together for food and fellowship.
After being involved with this event since the beginning, he enjoys the opportunity to reminisce about previous lute dinners, and meeting new faces.
The first few years of cooking lutefisk were interesting, as it was boiled in a small parsonage kitchen at the previous church location, and the hot fish needed to be skinned. The tile floor in the kitchen was as slippery as an ice rink (another use for lute).
Being a member much of his life, Jud has served on almost every committee at Zion at some time, and has seen the passionate involvement of many members.
I have been inspired by friends and others at Zion who actively practice their faith. One of my favorite new ministries at Zion is ‘SERVE Weekend’ in April, where members and families have the opportunity to serve others in the community.
Learn more about the Lutefisk Supper