Rev. Melvin V. Wade Set To Retire in September
Renowned L.A. pastor, mentor and community leader, Rev. Melvin V. Wade recently announced his retirement as pastor of the Mt. Moriah Baptist Church where he served for 42 years.
“I’ve had the privilege and the God-given opportunity to pastor some families five generations and to say that now we will be handing it over to someone else,” Wade said. “It’s bittersweet that I’ll be saying goodbye and yet I’ll still be here.
According to Wade, it’s his intent to remain an active member of the church, however, he will do so from the congregation and allow the new pastor to do his job.
“This is a generation that’s in dying need of a younger head and a younger mind,” Wade added. “There’s a language that they speak and by me being 72 years old, I don’t know it. If I try to know it all then I will be some hip-hop daddy and I am not trying to do that.”
The church is set to vote on a new leader next month. Wade will continue to fulfill his pastoral duties until his term ends in September.
“I’ve been a pastor all this time and I am going to stay in my lane,” Wade said. “I might still do speaking engagements and some traveling. But, I don’t plan to be idle and I will be playing a little golf.”