The son of a Marine and the grandson of a sharecropper, Wade always had big boots to fill. He learned about hard work from his family. He listened to stories about his grandfather and father working the tobacco fields of Robertson County. He started working on a small farm operation at 15 himself.
Wade grew up in Sumner County, attended Trevecca Nazarene University, and earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University. He was called to religion and public service thinking that he might become a minister or a missionary. After seeing so many politicians who turn public service into personal service, he decided that women and men like the ones he knew, honest and ethical folks, were the ones who need to run for office. So, he began working on campaigns and elections for ordinary folks across the nation and the state.
Politics hasn't been everything, though. Wade's public service includes work at an international pediatric cancer research hospital, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, and now as the Executive Director of Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors. Staff attorneys at Justice for Our Neighbors, originally a ministry of the United Methodist Church, help more than 500 victims of human trafficking, war, and domestic violence with humanitarian legal services each year.
Wade was drawn to public service as an Eagle Scout and then became fascinated with other cultures on foreign mission trips to Mexico and Ethiopia. He has traveled extensively throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe and Africa but calls historic downtown Springfield home.
Wade serves on the board of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Tennessee Women's Political Collaborative. Previously, he has been on the board of the Mary Parrish Center for Victims of Domestic Violence and Tennessee Citizen Action.
He has two children, Eleanor (4) and Ames (2).