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.