The Rev. Dr. Francis H. Wade served as the National Cathedral’s interim dean from January 6, 2012 to the end of September 2012. Wade was called on a part-time basis to focus on spiritual guidance and support to the Cathedral during its search for and transition to the tenth full-time Cathedral dean.
A graduate of the Citadel and Virginia Theological Seminary, Wade was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1966. He led congregations in his native West Virginia for seventeen years, before being called as rector of St. Alban’s Parish—on the grounds of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.—where he served until his retirement in 2005.
Wade’s sermons have been published in a variety of anthologies. His meditations as chaplain to the House of Deputies at the 2000 General Convention of the Episcopal Church were published by Forward Movement Press and recorded by the Episcopal Media Center under the title Jubilee People, Jubilee Lives. Wade’s Art of Being Together: Common Sense About Life Long Relationships has been released in print by Forward Movement Press and as an audio book by the Episcopal Media Center. Church Publishing Company launched his second book, Transforming Scripture, in 2008. He is a frequent contributor to Forward Movement publications including Forward Day by Day.
After serving on the Special Commission on the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion, Wade served as co-chair for the General Convention special committee focusing on Episcopal-Anglican relations in 2006. He served as chaplain to the 2009 General Convention of the Episcopal Church—his twelfth convention as a deputy. He is an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria, Virginia, and has taught pastoral theology at both General and Virginia seminaries. He continues to serve as a consultant to a variety of congregations and church institutions. He and his wife, Mary Jane Criss, have two children and five grandchildren.