Wade grew up in Sumner County, attended Trevecca Nazarene University, and earned a Masters of Divinity degree from Vanderbilt University. He was called to 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 honest and ethical women and men like the ones he knew were the ones who need to run for office. Wade's public service includes work at an international pediatric cancer research hospital, the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, and as the Executive Director of Tennessee Justice for Our Neighbors, which helps more than 500 victims of human trafficking, war, and domestic violence with humanitarian legal services each year. Wade serves on the board of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services and the Tennessee Women's Political Collaborative, and previously with the Mary Parrish Center for Victims of Domestic Violence and Tennessee Citizen Action.