Since 1992 Wade has been Senior Pastor of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Enid, Oklahoma. He has previously served as the Senior Pastor of the Sheridan Road Baptist Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma (1987-1992) and the First Baptist Church of Holdenville, Oklahoma (1985-1987). Wade has served two terms as President of the Oklahoma Baptist General Convention (2004) and he currently serves on several non-profit community foundations and boards in the state of Oklahoma.
Wade has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters. He has also been honored by the United States Department of Justice in 1996 for his work with victim’s families at ground zero of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. He received the Distinguished Silver Star from the Tulsa Police Department during for his work investigating crimes that involved the occult in the late 1980's.
Wade is the author of several books and articles published in professional periodicals. Wade enjoys playing golf and traveling, but his greatest love is history. He is a member of the Surratt Society, a collection of authors, historians, and researchers who are experts in the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Wade Burleson's family includes his wife of 27 years, Rachelle, and four children, Charis (23), Kade (22), Boe, (20), and Logan (17). Rachelle is an advanced practice cardio nurse in Enid, Oklahoma.