Wade is a long-time friend and supporter of Christ In Youth, having worked as an employee for the organization during two separate periods as well as serving on the board of trustees for many years. He currently works at CIY as the director of international conferences, working to develop CIY’s partnership with churches and youth ministry groups internationally to expand CIY’s mission of amplifying Christ’s call on students’ lives to be Kingdom workers throughout all the world. Wade has a bachelor’s degree in Biblical literature from Ozark Christian College and is in the process of completing a master’s degree in Intercultural Studies from Biola University. He and his wife Beth have been married for 20 years, and they have 13 children. Wade also serves as the global outreach minister at College Heights Christian Church in Joplin, MO, where his family has been members for more than 13 years.