Pastor Wade L. Prime has been the pastor of Saving Grace Baptist Church (formally Village Bible Church) for over 15 years. The church is nestled in the beautiful Mohawk Valley, located at the base of the famed Adirondack Mountains in upstate NY. Though a very rural area, with only 1500 people in the villages it serves, God has blessed this church greatly with thousands of guests and hundreds of souls saved; including four men who are now in ministry. As a pastor of a Fundamental Independent Baptist Church, that stands behind the old King James Bible, Pastor Prime preaches the truth with conviction and a heart’s desire to fulfill the cause of Christ…
“That all the people of the Earth may know that the Lord is God and that there is none else.” (1 Kings 8:60)
At 13 years old Pastor Prime was burned extensively on his left leg leading him through many months of skin grafts and recovery. He lost his mother to cancer in the same year. After a few years of seeking meaning and direction for his life, he finally married his high school sweetheart Patricia Minch, which he affectionately calls the love of his life. Together they have four beautiful children, three beloved son in laws, and seven priceless grandchildren. They are all the joy of his life.
Having a love for sports, Pastor Prime played several sports in high school, which included football, basketball, and track. He represented some teams as their captain, and was blessed to be part of several team championships. Upon graduating from high school, Pastor Wade started out his career in 1976 working on the railroad. When he was laid off in 1983 he started his own sign business, which became very successful, growing into several properties and off shoot businesses. In the fall of 1987 he was saved and placed under the precious blood of Jesus. In the year 1996 the call of God was upon his heart to enter into ministry. A little hard headed at first, and with many possessions to account for, the Lord began to break him down. His businesses began to fail and the creditors began to call. Under the sovereign hand of God, he finally gave up and gave in, surrendering to the Lord’s calling. He stopped fighting God and decided to get on the winning side, following Jesus in full time ministry. In 1998 he became the pastor of Saving Grace Baptist Church here in Fonda, NY. Miraculously, God not only paid his sin debt, He paid all his financial debts, and set his feet upon the solid Rock of Jesus Christ, establishing his goings from then on forward.
Pastor Prime has an Advance Bible College Degree from Faith Bible Institute, a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies and a Master's degree in Theology from Carolina University of Theology. He is now working on his Doctorate degree in Ministry from Baptist College of America. To God be the Glory!
Psalms 40:2-3 He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.
Known as a dreamer and being somewhat overzealous, Pastor Prime believes there is nothing too hard for God and nothing we cannot do through Christ. He is a man of vision and has a desire to see this local church, which God has placed in his care, to always move forward by faith reaching out to others for Jesus Christ. With a sincere love for souls, Pastor Prime desires to see the tri-county area, from which he was brought up, become filled with God's truth and God’s love. Ministering in an area leading its peers in unemployment, teenage pregnancy, domestic violence, substance abuse, and independent living without God, he admits it is not always easy; but considers it a great privilege to be planted right where God wanted him. Therefore, Pastor Prime loves preaching the good news of Jesus Christ wherever he can, whenever he can, to whomever he can.
His writings include a layman’s commentary on the book of Acts called “The Prevailing Church,” a new believers course called “Joining the Journey with Jesus,” a men’s discipleship manual called “Vessels of Honour,” a marriage counseling course called “Happily Ever After,” a parenting course called “Bless a Life,” a counseling course called “Mastering the Mind,” a door to door booklet called “Peace Be Unto This House,” and his signature tract and ministry called “Let Him Know.” He has a heart for family with a strong passion and commitment to strengthen and teach God ordained marriages, between one man and one woman, how to overcome adversity. He believes in defending the voiceless rights of babies in the womb, who are unable to defend themselves, and caring for and defending the multitudes of neglected children in the world which are abused for no fault of their own. His hobbies include traveling, collecting and distributing Bibles, reading through the Bible three times a year, spending as much time as he can with his wife, playing with his grandchildren whenever possible, and learning about and shooting firearms legally, safely and responsibly; believing in our 2nd amendment rights.