Melvin V. Wade Sr. Interview (Part 1)

My pastor – Dr. Melvin V. Wade Sr. – recently visited the Shiloh Metropolitan Baptist Church. During his visit, I interviewed him about his life, family, and ministry.

Dr. Wade has been my pastor for about twenty years. I am not a church-hopper! Over the years, he has graduated from being my pastor. He is now Dad to me.  He and his wife have been parents to both my wife and me.

Dr. Wade, former President of the National Missionary Baptist Convention, has led the Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles for 38 years. Next year, he will celebrate 50 years of preaching.

The Wade family is a well-respected preaching family among African-American Baptists. Dr. J.C. Wade, Sr. served the Salem Baptist Church in Omaha for over four decades. Pastor Wade also has a preaching brother and two preaching sons.

Following is the first part of an extended discussion we had on a variety of topics related to preaching and pastoral ministry.

Did you find this interview helpful? Join the conversation in the comments section. 

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic.

  • CHIQUITA GUICE PICKENS

    THANK YOU FOR THIS PASTOR H. B. CHARLES , GOD SENT ME WELL US PASTOR WADE : , AND I APPRECIATE HIM SO MUCH ! NOW GROWN WITH MY OWN FAMILY RELOCATED TO SHREVEPORT , LA SIX YRS NOW NOTHING BUT A BLESSING . HE TAUGHT US OUR WHEN , WHERE , AND HOW AND WHAT FOR . JUST OUR CHURCH ETIQUETTE ! WHEN MY BOYS NOW ONE IN COLLEGE AND ONE IN HIGH SCHOOL . SEE CERTAIN THINGS THAT ARE OFF THE CHAIN , WE LOOK AT EACH OTHER AND THEY SAY, IF PASTOR WADE WAS HERE HE WOULD ( JUMP ) OVER THAT BENCH . SO OUR CHILDREN DO PAY ATTENTION . P S IF YOU ARE THIS WAY YOU ARE MORE THAT WELCOME !!! BROTHER !

  • http://www.facebook.com/jazzlife1 Carlos Presley

    Oh Sweet Jesus this interview blessed me. Dr. Wade is a true preacher it’s all in and over him.

  • M Ann Howard-Mitchell

    Dr. Melvin V. Wade, Sr., is always on point and so real about life and his walk with God. When he’s preaches or teaching he does so with so much clarity and that which he knows to be true. I am grateful unto to God for blessing my life to know such a man. He’s like family a dear friend and brother by choice who ministry and love for God I have followed for many, many years. It’s because of his teaching I step out everyday trusting the is ness of God. I speak favor over his life that God will continue to keep him strong and always in a position to speak to the heart of he people. “Loveoutloud” Peace & Love.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cassietta.harvey Cassietta Harvey

    Rev. Melvin V. Wade Sr. Of the Mount Moriah Bpt. Church in LA California you are a wonderful Pastor. God’s Love Cassietta Harvey