Wade and his wife Rachelle have four grown children: Kade and his wife Anne and their son Levi of Edmond, Oklahoma; Charis Downey and her husband Travis of Allen, Texas; Boe Burleson of Tulsa, Oklahoma; and Logan Burleson and his wife Nicole of Raleigh, North Carolina. Wade’s wife, Dr. Rachelle Burleson, is the C.N.O. (Chief Nursing Officer) of St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Enid, Oklahoma, and former Professor of Nursing at the University of Central Oklahoma. Wade and Rachelle enjoy overseas travel together and have led many international trips for groups from Emmanuel.
Wade believes everybody has a story and his desire is to be used by God to help intersect another person’s story with His Story. Wade’s philosophy of ministry is best summarized with the word grace. He is a pastor who doesn’t particularly like institutional churches, but considers the organizational structure and ministries of Emmanuel some of the best he’s ever seen. He believes Christianity is personal, relational and missional. His great desire is for God’s people not to confuse the programs or ministries of the church with the kingdom of God. The freedom to be—and the liberty to do—as the Spirit leads characterizes the ministry of Wade Burleson. Over the past two decades many have discovered their freedom in Christ through Emmanuel Enid’s ministries.