Beth Chesed Leadership

Senior Pastor Joel Blackford

Joel is the son of John, a WW2 Navy Chaplain and United Methodist Pastor, and Tulida (Klein), a Registered Nurse from Lindstrom MN. He lives in Oakdale MN.


His family is active in Red Rock Camp and Revival Meetings for nearly 100 years. He’s a graduate of nearby Hamline University.  


He has no idea of what it’s like to live without a personal relationship with Jesus. He’s sung in many church choirs, been a Youth Leader, and taught Sunday School and Confirmation. He discovered Messianic Faith in 2008 and joined Mark teaching at Torah Bible Study Fellowship (TBSF) from 2011-2015. 


His primary area of study is linking the Genesis of life with the end of days, which is the fodder for his worldwide blogging and book sales.  

Associate Pastor Mark Wetterling

Mark is the son of Herman and Colleen (Rogalla) from White Bear Lake MN. He and his wife Kellie live in Lino Lakes MN. 


He began his faith journey in 1990, soon-after joining the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He became an elder in 2004, and he was a Youth Leader for many years. 


In 2008 he joined Torah Bible Study Fellowship (TBSF) as a Board Member, and taught Torah with TBSF until 2015. 


His primary area of study is Genesis 1-3, the creation story and the fall. Mark is responsible for new members and John 16 Ministry.