On March 30th 1999, the Mount Calvary Baptist church extended the call to Reverend David L. Wade of Los Angeles, California. After the calling of Pastor Wade, Mount Calvary began a new chapter in the life and legacy of this historic Church in Mesa. After eighty-one years in the Mesa community, Mount Calvary Baptist Church took a calculated risk in becoming one of first churches to have a full-time pastor.
The church has experienced spiritual, financial, and congregational growth under his dynamic leadership. In the first five years of his pastorate, the sweet members of the Mount Calvary family were given the gracious privilege of hosting two of the Auxiliaries of the National Baptist Convention of America (Home Mission Board and Evangelical Board Annual Spring Tent Revival). Due to the phenomenal growth of the church experienced under the leadership of Pastor Wade, a thirty three thousand square foot, 2.5 million dollar Church building was purchased July of 2006.
Under the leadership of Pastor Wade,the Mount Calvary Community Development Cooperation a 501 C-3 was organized. The Cooperation was created with the express purpose of serving the members through education, tutoring, computer training within labs, summer youth programs and after school care. All programs were formed with the aspiration of aiding our church and community. Evangelism and discipleship has been Pastor Wade’s passion to make certain that the congregation knows how to share Jesus with joy.
Pastor Wade’s enthusiasm to share the good news of Jesus Christ has opened doors for him to preach both locally and nationally. Pastor Wade is a United Way board member, and serves as a board member of First Things First, a foundation developing quality early childcare. Pastor Wade is proud to be a third generation proclaimer of the gospel. The first two generations include his grandfather, the late Dr. J.C. Wade, pastor of the Salem Baptist Church of Omaha, Nebraska (affectionately known as Daddy Wade); and his father Dr. Melvin V. Wade, pastor of The Mount Moriah Baptist Church of Los Angeles, and Past President of the National Missionary Baptist Convention of America. Although Pastor Wade graduated from the Seattle public schools, his quest for higher learning afforded him the privilege to matriculate at the historic Bishop College of Dallas Texas, Grace Seminary Long Beach Ca, G More Seminary Muncie, Indiana.
Pastor Wade has three wonderful children Latrisha,Tiffany, and Marques.