Born the 4th of 7 sons to Mary and Ellen, Bob Vander Woude spent his early years in Atlanta, GA and at the age of 7 moved to what he calls home, Nokesville VA. It was here on a small farm that he grew up and spent most of his teenage years playing sports with his brothers, working under the hood of beat up vehicles, and attending a small Catholic school, Seton High School.
Bob attended Franciscan University of Steubenville where he graduated with a Math degree in 1994. The summer before his senior year Bob married his high school sweetheart, Melissa, and shortly after graduation they had their first child, Monica.
Bob followed in his father's footsteps and spent 11 years on active duty in the U.S Marines Corps and continued in the reserves until retirement after 20 years. While in the USMC he flew the KC-130 around the globe from North Carolina to California, from Baghdad to Iceland, from Alaska to Thailand and numerous places in between. He flew in Kosovo during the conflict in late 90's, deployed three times to Iraq, and flew in South America during the drug war during the early 2000's.
In 2005, upon leaving active duty he was hired by UPS to fly commercial cargo aircraft and moved the family to Louisville. Since Monica's birth, Bob and Melissa continued to be open to God's plan in their marriage and He has blessed them with 14 children. They have a small hobby farm in Simpsonville, KY where they raise their children. Bob continues to volunteer coach his children's sports teams and enjoys his time at home with Melissa and their family, especially around the dinner table when all the chairs are full.