Chaplain Stroud is a native of Redford Township, MI, graduating from the University of Michigan in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science. He then went on to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Hamilton, MA where he received a Master of Divinity in 1996. He entered the Navy as a Chaplain Candidate Program Officer in 1994 while still in seminary. Upon graduation, he began working as an associate pastor at Christ Church in Redford, MI while also serving in the Naval Reserve with Marine Wing Support Squadron 472B in Mt. Clemens, MI.
Chaplain Stroud came on active duty in 1998 when he checked aboard USS ARCTIC (AOE-8). In 1999 he transferred to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD where he served as the labor and delivery/NICU chaplain. During this tour he was chosen, in response to the September 11 attacks, to go to New York City aboard the hospital ship USNS COMFORT (T-AH-20) as a part of Operation Noble Eagle. In 2002, Chaplain Stroud reported to Carrier Air Wing EIGHT in Virginia Beach, VA where he deployed aboard USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) for the initial attack on Iraq in 2003.
In 2004 Chaplain Stroud went to serve as the Deputy Region Chaplain for Navy Region Hawaii and then in 2007 crossed the island for a tour at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii Chapel. During this time, he earned a Master of Arts degree from the U.S. Naval War College. He then volunteered for an Individual Augmentee assignment with IMEF and served for 5 months at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand Provence, Afghanistan. His next assignment took him back across Oahu to Naval Submarine Support Command Pearl Harbor where he was charged with caring for the crews of 18 LOS ANGELES and VIRGINIA class submarines.
In April 2014 Chaplain Stroud began his first tour with the U.S. Coast Guard serving with District 11.
Chaplain Stroud is authorized to wear the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards), National Defense Medal (two awards), the Battle “E” (two awards), the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Expeditionary Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (two awards) and other various unit commendations.