Bernie L. Wade

Bernie L. Wade, born on June 29, 1963 in Lakewood, Ohio, is an American minister, entrepreneur, and author. He has served in a variety of roles, including Senior Pastor and Chief Operations Officer of the Christian Brotherhood (a 28,000 family parachurch ministry with multiple divisions). He also served as President of CWN (Christian World Network), and Vice-President of Spread the Spirit of Love.

He is currently the Presiding Bishop of the International Circle of Faith (ICOF), a group of non-denominational, Oneness Pentecostal ministers, churches, and parachurch ministries. They were first organized in Cleveland, Ohio and are currently headquartered in Washington, D.C.

The International Circle of Faith traces its beginning to the Azusa Street movement or revival (circa 1906) through the Pentecostal Assemblies of Jesus Christ. Other aspects of his ministry include the ICOF Colleges and Seminaries - a network of Christian bible colleges, Christian Leadership Roundtable - a group of Christian leaders, and Children of Azusa Street - a network for persons who trace their church history to the Azusa Street movement.

Family history

Wade has Sir William Wade (Waad), a member of Queen Elizabeth's I Privy Council, for his paternal ancestor [1] (See also: Armagil Waad) and Scottish immigrants of the Clan Macpherson for his maternal ancestors.[2][3] The Wades are an ancient Yorkshire family.[1] The MacPhersons hail from Badenoch.

The Wade family served in various capacities to both King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I [1] The most famous Wade was Armagil Wade who historians call the "English Columbus". The Wades came to America before the American Revolution and settled in Virginia. They were shareholders in the Virginia Colony.[1] Bernie Wade is a descendant of the Wade family of Virginia whose family offered such valiant sons of the American Revolution as Captain Edmond Wade who fell with his commander, General Montgomery, at the siege of Quebec.[4]

Bernie Wade is the eldest of five children born to Bishop Sanford Wade and Georgia Gillespie-Wade. After high school Wade managed for Pepsico in their restaurant division while working on continuing his education. In 1985 he married Daisy R. Kotouch with whom he has two children, Bernie II and Rebecca.


Wade's educational accomplishments include PhDs from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, ICOF Colleges and Universities - Washington, D.C. and Global Evangelical Christian College in Montgomery, Alabama.[5][6] Wade serves as Chancellor of the network of colleges and seminaries known as ICOF Colleges and Seminaries.[7] Wade holds doctorates in theology, divinity, Christian education, non-profit management and pastoral counseling.[8] He also serves as advisor to other Christian education institutions and organizations including serving as International advisor to Global Evangelical Accrediting Association.[9] He serves as adjunct faculty and board member to Global Evangelical Christian College.[6][10] Wade attended elementary school at Verda Brobst in Cleveland, Ohio. His middle school was Francis M. Grass in West St. Paul, Minnesota. He graduated from Bearden High School in Knoxville, Tennessee (1981).


In recent years, Bernie L. Wade has been a guest at the White House (March 2004) under the Presidency of George W. Bush. "In late March, at a less publicized gathering, the National Security Council's Near East and North African Affairs director, Elliott Abrams, and other Bush administration officials met for two hours with members of The Apostolic Congress, a politically powerful group of Christian fundamentalists, to reassure them that the administration's support for Israel was unwavering." [11] The Apostolic Congress is made up of the heads of oneness pentecostal (sometimes called Apostolic) organizations and their key leaders. Dr. Bernie L. Wade is considered one of these as the Presiding Bishop of the International Circle of Faith. Although the ICOF Statement of Faith makes no claim to be oneness.[12] Also in the meeting were representatives of Bishop Norman Wagner (PAW),[13] Reverend Kenneth Haney (UPCI) and others who led Apostolic organizations.[13][14][15][16][17] Apostolic Coalition is a pro-Israel conservative messianic political action committee.[18]

Wade is also aligned with conservative evangelical groups such as the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB)[19][20][20] His office would neither confirm or deny his participation in high level conversations between the White House and the NRB but the NRB admits that there were talks that included NRB members and key White House officials.


The ICOF claims to be politically neutral and offers no endorsements. Other groups such as the Moral Majority and ACORN started out with similar ideology but quickly became aligned with a particular cause, side or movement. In recent years, promoters of the "Road map for peace" have sought the endorsement of the leadership of the ICOF.

Wade's endorsement, or the endorsement of the ICOF, has been sought by other national candidates in the USA and abroad, including Hillary Clinton [21] and Mike Huckabee[22] for the 2008 Presidential primaries. The official policy of ICOF, who Wade represents, has been not to take political sides or to offer endorsements, but some officials of the ICOF, including Dr. Cindye Coates [23] and Dr. Frank T. Bozeman (Bishop of Education) have openly endorsed candidates. Dr. Coates served on the Mike Huckabee campaign Republican and Dr. Bozeman endorsed his friend Hillary Clinton Democratic Party Presidential primaries.

Also there is a concerted effort to encourage Republican Sarah Palin to seek the Presidential nomination.[24]

Early ministry

In 1982, Wade began fulfilling his call to the ministry as a youth minister for Apostolic Faith Church of God headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Wade first served at the Columbia Station location, then in St. Paul Minnesota and Cleveland Ohio. Apostolic Faith Church of God was founded in 1932 by Bishop Ray O. Cornell (founding Bishop of the PAJC).[25] Wade served in a number of positions with the church including assistant pastor, principal of the church school and pastor.


International Circle of Faith (ICOF) is a 21st-century movement. This global, multiracial, multi-cultural, nondenominational fellowship has some 40,000 ministers. They also have a network of over 100 bible colleges, universities and seminaries under International Circle of Faith Colleges and Seminaries.[26] Today ICOF has a presence in over 100 countries and key leadership in over 50 countries.[27] He serves on a variety of other charitable and Christian organizations including the Victory foundation, Apostolic Congress, ICOF TV, Apostolic Archives, Apostolic Historians Association.


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Wade is part of a growing group of leaders recognized by groups such as the ICA (International Coalition of Apostles) as emergent, Pentecostals and charismatics called Apostles.[28] “An apostle is a Christian leader gifted, taught, and commissioned by God with the authority to establish the foundational government of the church within an assigned sphere of ministry by hearing what the Spirit is saying to the churches and by setting things in order accordingly for the extension of the kingdom of God." [29]

He was formerly the Senior Pastor of Barberton Rescue Mission's The Chapel on Taylor Road, and Senior Pastor of Church in the Warehouse ( Cleveland, Ohio ). He also served as Secretary and past President of Victory Foundation, Vice-President of Marketing for CBN (Christian Brotherhood Newsletter), COO of the Barberton Rescue Mission,[30] CEO of Christian World Network (CWN),[31] and Executive Vice President of Spread the Spirit of Love.


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  2. Origin of McPherson name
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  6. Global Evangelical Christian College and Seminary. Commencement Exercises program. Page 4. Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church. Sunday May 20, 2007. Wetumpka, Alabama.
  7. Faculty of ICOF Colleges and Seminaries
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  11. Christian Zionists, Jews & Bush's Reelection Strategy June 3, 2004 Bill Berkowitz / WorkingForChange
  12. ICOF Statement of Faith. ICOF Colleges and Seminaries Handbook. Pg. 17. Copyright 2002.
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  14. Apostolic Leaders Given Exclusive White House Briefing. Robert W. Martin April 12, 2004. Apostolic ministers from throughout the nation and from various Oneness organizations were called to Washington, D.C. for an important briefing on President George W. Bush's domestic and foreign policy agenda on March 25, 2004 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Robert Upton, Executive Director of the Apostolic Congress, organized the briefing. Several members of the Assemblies of the Lord Jesus Christ (ALJC), United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI), and other Oneness organizations were present, including the Assistant General Superintendent for the ALJC and Randy Keyes (Assistant General Superintendent for the UPCI). Approximately 30 people were in attendance.
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  19. While Wade was not specifically named in this article he was on the NRB membership list and invited to participate in the conferenced call with Tim Goeglin, special assistant to the president and deputy director of the White House Office of Public Liaison.
  21. Dr. Frank T. Bozeman, Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church, Wetumpka, Alabama
  22. Perspectives. July 6, 2008. Volume 16. Issue 34. "Dr. Cindye Coates who represents the camp of Republican Mike Huckabee has requested the endorsement of Dr. Bernie Wade and cited the recent endorsement of Dr. Wade's friend, Actor Church Norris, as additional incentive for endorsement. However, in keeping with the policy of the ICOF to remain neutral in areas of political endorsement, Dr. Wade continues not to endorse either personally, or on behalf of the ICOF."
  24. Perspectives. April 20, 2008. Official organ of the International Circle of Faith - ICOF.
  25. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-09-25. Retrieved 2008-09-03.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  26. Association of Christian Universities (ACU) Washington, D.C.
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  30. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-06-05. Retrieved 2008-08-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) The New Destiny Treatment Center is a ministry of the Barberton Rescue Mission (BRM). The BRM started in 1961 as a home for alcoholics and homeless persons to receive food, clothing, shelter, and hope. In 1993, the BRM began a drug and alcohol treatment program, which became state-certified in 1995. This program continues today as the New Destiny Treatment Center. The center is a 65-bed facility in Clinton, Ohio. It provides nine months of inpatient residential treatment.
  31. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-08-28. Retrieved 2008-08-08.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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