Wade hails from the small town of Checotah, Oklahoma. He received a B.S. in education from Oklahoma Baptist University and a master's from Southwestern Seminary. He worked as a teacher and a coach before entering full-time ministry as a youth pastor as well as a missionary to Costa Rica and Mexico City. He loves hunting, fishing, working out, reading, and coaching sports. He most enjoys leading short-term mission trips where believers gain a global view of ministry and missions. He has been married to Terri since 1987, and they have five children and one grandson.